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PROFESSION

I believe
that Thou hast created me;
despise not the work of Thine own
hands;—
111that Thou madest me after Thine image
and likeness,
suffer not Thy likeness to be blotted
out;—
that Thou host redeemed me in
Thy blood,
suffer not the cost of that redemption
to perish;
that Thou host called me Christian
after Thy name,
disdain not Thine own title;
that Thou host hallowed me in
regeneration;
destroy not Thy holy work;—
than Thou halt grafted me into the
good olive‑tree,
the member of a mystical body;
the member of Thy mystical body,
cut not off.
O think upon Thy servant as concerning
Thy word,
wherein Thou hast caused me to put
my trust.
My soul hath longed for Thy salvation,
and I have good hope because of
Thy word.

112

INTERCESSION

[I pray]
forthe prosperous advance and good
condition
of all the Christian army,
against the enemies of our most holy
faith;
for our holy fathers,
and all our brotherhood in Christ;
for those who hate and those who
love us,
for those who pity and those who
minister to us;
for those whom we have promised
to remember in prayer;
for the liberation of captives;
for our fathers and brethren absent;
for those who voyage by sea;
for those who lie in sickness.
Let us pray also for fruitfulness of the
earth;
and for every soul of orthodox
Christians.
Let us bless pious kings,
orthodox high‑priests,
113the founders of this holy retreat,
our parents,
and all our forefathers
and our brethren departed.

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