Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Prayer for Our Nation

Beneath your blessing hand, your  Gospel Word,
we pray, O Christ our God,
cure the infection of racism, prejudice and hatred.
Heal the violent heart,  the civil unrest,
distracting and devitalizing the nation
and so much of the world.

Before your icon, O Christ our Light,
we pray for the many who suffer indignities,
preventable poverty and savage death.
That your blessing would restore 
and embolden us to good sense -
heart sense, 
mercy, justice
and peace that all may enjoy.

We pray you, O Lover of Souls,
hear this prayer
 and grant your kind mercies speedily.

Father Stephen P. Morris


  1. Thank you for this prayer Father. I hope it spreads like wildfire throughout cyberspace. The Lord will be pleased that we offer it up all together. This will be one to be printed out and put by many a bedside table

    1. "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Indeed, the gathering in his name, I expect, can now happen through a computer.

  2. This is one of my favorite icons. It's a wonderful prayer Father. Thank you for writing it.