Prayer before the Gospel (at Church)

O Master, lover of mankind, make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts and open the eyes of our mind to understand the message of Your Gospel. Implant in us the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that, having trampled down all earthly desires, we may change to a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing all things that are pleasing to You. For You we give light to our souls and bodies, Christ our God, and to you we ascribe glory, together with Your Father Who is without beginning, and Your All-Holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.  Amen.



Prayer at the Icon of John the Baptist

The memory of the righteous is in praise. And for you, Forerunner, the testimony of the Lord sufficed; for in truth you have been revealed as nobler than all the prophets; for having been considered worthy to baptise in the running waters Him who was preached. Therefore, you strove for the truth happily. To those in Hades you proclaimed God appearing in the body, the lifter up of the sin of the world, who grants us great mercy.