Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

Prayer Before Reading the Holy Scripture

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Before Reading the Holy Scripture

Illumine our hearts, O Master Who loves mankind, with the pure light of Thy divine knowledge.
Open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of Thy gospel teachings.
Implant also in us the fear of Thy blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal desires,
we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living, both thinking and doing such things as are well-pleasing unto Thee.

For Thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies,
O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory,
together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting,
and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit,
now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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