O Lord Jesus, for as much as your life was despised by the world, grant us so to imitate you, even though the world despises us, that with your image always before our eyes, we may learn that only the servants of the cross can find the way of genuine happiness and true light. Hear us and save us, Lord Jesus.
—Thomas a Kempis, 1380-1471
John 15:26-16:4 NLT
“But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. And you must also testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry.
I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.”
O Lord our God, teach us to ask aright for the right blessings. Guide the vessel of our life towards yourself, the tranquil haven of all storm-tossed souls. Show us the course we should take. Renew a willing spirit within us. Let your Spirit curb our wayward senses and guide and enable us to what is our true good, to keep your laws and in all our deeds always to rejoice in your glorious and gladdening presence. For yours is the glory, honor, and praise of all your saints for ever and ever.
—St. Basil the Great, 329-379