Prayer to the Mother of God, Searcher for the Lost

Prayer to the Mother of God,
Searcher for the Lost

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O Mother of God,
through your virginal conception and birth-giving,

your Son, Jesus Christ, Our God,
took flesh to redeem the likeness that had fallen. 
We now beg of your compassion,
seek those who bear the likeness of your Son
through the grace of baptism,
and unite them once more
to your holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
Render those who bear your Son’s image
not unto the prince of this world,
but unto their Heavenly Father 
for Whom they were created.
Make them to know the beauty 
of our Father’s house,
that they may recognize 
that better is one day in his courts
than a thousand elsewhere.
Quicken their repentance that they, like David,
fashion praise with their lips
and offer their contrite spirit
upon the altar of mercy.
For you, who sought your Son
tenderly in the temple
and who made ministers like servants
His servants of the miracle at Cana,
seek the lost. 
Stay with them in their temporal sufferings,
as you did with your Son at His crucifixion, 
that they may know that death is certain,
life is short, and merely a prelude
to the inexhaustible joy of eternal life
with your Son, prepared for those
who seek Him in this life.
In this, may your Son be glorified,
together with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and forever,
Amen. 

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Psalm 53

O God, save me by Your name;
by Your power, uphold my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
listen to the words of my mouth.

For the proud have risen against me,
ruthless foes seek my life.
They have no regard for God.

But, I have God for my help.
The Lord upholds my life.
Let the evil recoil upon my foes;
You who are faithful, destroy them.

I will sacrifice to You with willing heart
and praise Your name for it is good;
for You have rescued me from all distress
and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes. 

Troparion For The Mother of God, Searcher For The Lost

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Within the temple, O Temple of Life, 
you found Him whom the universe could not contain,
silencing the teachers by the word of God,
Which is above the wisdom of the wise.

O all-pure Mother of God,
cease not seeking your children who are lost,
that we may treasure Christ in our hearts,
and find eternally our Father’s house. 

24 Petitions of St. John Chrysostom

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This series of petitions of St. John Chrysostom can be found with slightly varying wording, but the essentials remain the same. It can be prayed in entirety, or one petition per hour of the day / evening (which, of course would be an excellent way to help one adhere to St. Paul’s admonition to “pray without ceasing” [1 Thessalonians 5:17]).

1. O Lord, deprive me not of Thy heavenly blessings.
2. O Lord, deliver me from eternal torments.
3. O Lord, if I have sinned by mind, thought, word, or deed, forgive me.
4. O Lord, deliver me from every type of ignorance, apathy, and faint-heartedness. 
5. O Lord, deliver me from every temptation.
6. O Lord, enlighten my heart darkened by sinful desires.
7. O Lord, I, a human being, have sinned; Thou art a gracious God, and Thou knowest the weakness of my soul; have mercy on me.
8. O Lord, send down Thy grace to help me, that I may glorify Thy holy Name.
9. O Lord Jesus Christ, inscribe me in the Book of Life, and grant me a blessed end.
10. O Lord my God, even though I have done nothing good in Thy sight, grant me, according to Thy grace, that I may lay down a worthy beginning.
11. O Lord, sprinkle in my heart the dew of Thy grace.
12. O Lord of heaven and earth, remember me, Thy sinful servant, cold of heart and impure, in Thy Kingdom.
13. O Lord, receive me in repentance.
14. O Lord, do not forsake me. 
15. O Lord, save me from misfortune.
16. O Lord, grant me pure thoughts.
17. O Lord, grant me tears of repentance and remembrance of death.
18. O Lord, grant me the thought to confess my sins.
19. O Lord, grant me humility, charity, and obedience.
20. O Lord, grant me tolerance, generosity, and meekness.
21. O Lord, implant in my heart the root of all blessings: the fear of Thee.
22. O Lord, enable me to love Thee with all my heart and soul, and to obey Your will in all things.
23. O Lord, shield me from evil persons, demons and passions, and from every other evil.
24. O Lord, Who knowest Thy creation and that which Thou hast willed for it; may Thy will also be fulfilled in me, a sinner, for Thou art blessed forevermore. Amen.