In the Office of Readings from today’s Liturgy of the Hours, there is an excerpt from St. Clement’s Epistle to the Corinthians. St. Clement of Rome – as he is often called – was the fourth pope (i.e., the third successor of St. Peter), and the first Pope about whom we have any substantial historical information after Peter himself.
While the entirety of today’s selection is a prayer, this paragraph particularly struck me as I was reading it:
Lord, we entreat you to help us. Come to the aid of the afflicted, pity the lowly, raise up the fallen, show your face to the needy, heal the sick, convert the wayward, feed the hungry, deliver the captives, support the weak, encourage the fainthearted. Let all nations know that you alone are God; Jesus Christ is your Son, and we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.
Pope St. Clement, pray for us!