Prayer at the Opening of a Sacred Council

O God, our God! You have adorned us with Your image and given us a free will. When You entered the Temple in the middle of the feast, O most compassionate Master, You taught the people who were amazed at Your doctrine, for David says, “Come to me, children, and I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”

You also taught wisdom to Solomon. Look down even now, O Maker and Creator, upon this Sacred Council, and grant them wisdom and understanding that they may learn Your holy will; warm their hearts in love for You and for their neighbors; guide them on the way of truth and righteousness, keeping their hearts from all evil; unite them in one mind and in one heart, and let mutual brotherly love abide in their midst; bless them for the doing of good and useful things.

We pray You, O most merciful Lord our God, the God of every compassion and consolation: Do not turn away Your face from them, nor deny them their longing, for they have set their hope on You.

Grant them peace and serenity, a unity of spirit, concord and fruitful action, and all those things needful for their temporal and eternal life.

You know our needs, and grant and fulfill our requests even before we make them. For You are the God powerful in mercy and gracious in strength, and to You are due all glory, honor and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.