Almighty Lord God,
your glory cannot be approached,
your compassion knows no bounds,
and your love for all mankind
is beyond human expression;
in your mercy look on us and all your people:
do not leave us to our sins
but deal with us according to your goodness.
Guide us to the haven of your will
and make us truly obedient to your commands,
that we many not feel ashamed
when we come before your Messiah’s
dread judgement seat.
For you, O God,
are good and ever-loving,
and we glorify you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever,
to the ages of ages. Amen.
from The Barberini Codex, 8th Century document of Byzantine prayers
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
We have received all of this by coming to know him,
the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
And because of his glory and excellence,
he has given us great and precious promises.
These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature
and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.