A Timely Prayer

I'm reading Rod Bennett's excellent book, Four Witnesses, and came across this prayer from Pope St. Clement's epistle to the Corinthians, written around 95 AD. I found it as beautiful as it is timely:

We beg Thee, O Master, to be our Helper and Protector: deliver those of us who are in distress, raise up the fallen, show Thy face to those in need, heal the infirm, bring back the erring of Thy people, feed the hungry, ransom our prisoners, set the infirm upon their feet, comfort the fainthearted: let all the nations know that Thou art the only God, that Jesus Christ is Thy Son, that we are Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture.


(Image: Pope St. Clement I [c. 35-99 AD)