A PRAYER TO ACCOMPANY ST. PAUL'S FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles

Lord God Heavenly Father,

By your will, we are called to be disciples of Christ Jesus. We are sanctified in him, called to be saints, and are together in spirit today with all those who in every place call on the name of the Lord, both theirs and ours.

We give thanks to you, our God, always for the grace that has been given to us through your Son, who enriches us in every way, in speech and knowledge of every kind, as we strive always to strengthen the testimony of Christ among us. Through you we are called into the fellowship of your Son Jesus Christ.

You who destroy the wisdom of the wise, thwart the discernment of the discerning, and make foolish the wisdom of the world: help us to remember always that Christ has not been divided, as we proclaim Christ crucified.

Help us always to see that love is patient and kind—never envious, boastful, arrogant, or rude. Let us not insist on our own way, or be irritable or resentful. Let us never rejoice in wrongdoing, but always in the truth. Through our loving, let us bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things.

God, your foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. Your weakness is stronger than human strength. We give thanks to you, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Adapted from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, NRSV translation
Image: Saint Paul Writing His Epistles by Valentin de Boulogne, c. 1618-1620, France. From the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.