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Holy Orders

Christ entrusts to the shepherds the very salvation of our souls.

Father Justin on Holy Orders

For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you—If a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:5-9




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Prayer for Vocations

O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women
to hear Your call to serve You and the Church.
We bow before You now, asking that You call forth
more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America.
Give us deacons, priests, monastics and nuns,
who will lead and guide your holy people.
By Your will, bless us with vocations
so that we continue to be the church
which You called us to be, centuries ago.
Let all hear Your voice
inviting them to care for and serve Your people.
Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ,
Your Only - begotten Son
and fishers of men.
Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch,
our holy heritage.
We ask You, O Lover of men,
to raise up men and women
who appreciate what they have received from You
and who want to be generous in their service,
willing to offer their lives and all their gifts,
to serve others,
to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and always and forever and ever.

Melkite office of vocations

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