We ask you, Master,
be our helper and defender.
Rescue those of our number in distress;
raise up the fallen;
assist the needy;
heal the sick;
turn back those of your people who stray;
feed the hungry;
release our captives;
revive the weak;
encourage those who lose heart.
Let all the nations realize that you are the only God,
that Jesus Christ is your Son,
and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.
Source: Clement of Rome (c. 96)
From a longer prayer in Clement’s epistle to the Corinthians.
Source of this version: https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/prayers-of-earliest-christians/
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