06 June 2008

Protecting the Flock

O Jesus, the true light which enlightens every man coming into this world, grant, I beseech You, by the merits of Your passion and death, that all errors and heresies may be driven back into darkness; that all mankind may behold the light of Your truth, and may hasten into the bosom of Your holy Church. Oh, good Shepherd, who has given Your life for Your sheep, protect Your flock, and defend it from the strength and snares of those who come upon it in the clothing of lambs, but are, in reality, ravenous wolves. Grant that all may follow one Shepherd and that all may form only one flock. Stay with us, O Lord, according to Your promise--"Behold I am with you all days, even until the consummation of the world." Show that Your Church is built upon a rock, and that the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. Amen.

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