Prayer to St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

O our good shepherd, holy and great Patriarch Tikhon, for thou hast appeared in the city of heaven, and thy good works still shine before men. We believe that you, standing before the Throne of the Most Holy Trinity, have great boldness in your prayers before the Lord. Look even now upon us, your sinful and unworthy children, for to you, who have great boldness before the Creator of all things, we now fall down and fervently pray: beseech the Lord, that He may give us the determination to acquire the piety of our fathers, which you have acquired from your youth. You were a zealous defender and guardian of the true faith in your life, and help us also to keep the Orthodox faith unshakably. For thy quiet soul hath greatly prospered in divine humility, teach us also to feed our minds, not with the serene wisdom of men, but with the humble knowledge of the will of God. You have boldly confessed the true God before the fierce enemies of Christ, and through your prayer strengthen us, the faint-hearted, so that we too may always and everywhere resist the spirit of godlessness and flattery. To her, O Saint of God, do not despise us who pray to you, for it is not only from troubles and sorrows that we ask deliverance, but we ask for strength and firmness, generosity and love, so that we may bear the misfortunes that arise upon us. Ask for unflagging patience even to the end of our life, peace with the Lord and forgiveness of sins. Holy Father! Tame the winds of unbelief and turmoil in our country, and may the Lord bring peace, piety, and unfeigned love to the lands of Russia. Through your prayers, may God preserve us from internecine strife, and strengthen our holy Orthodox Church, so that it may not be impoverished by true pastors, good workers who rightly rule the word of the gospel truth. May the sheep of Christ’s flock also go astray. Above all, pray to the Lord of hosts that the Russian land may be reborn with holy repentance and with one heart and one mouth glorify the wondrous God in His saints in the Trinity, who is glorified by the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

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