Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society
O Lord Jesus Christ, we bow our heads before You, and withhumble hearts we give thanks to You for the abundant blessings,which You have poured forth upon us. We praise You for gathering ustogether as members of the Ladies Philoptochos Society in the serviceto Your Holy Church. We bless You for the selfless sacrifice of countlessgenerations of women who have faithfully fulfilled the philanthropicmission entrusted to them. Through Your ineffable wisdom and YourDivine power, You have enabled us to minister to those who are inneed of Your love, Your comfort, and Your care. Make us instrumentsof Your peace and of Your hope, O Lord. Where there is pain andsuffering, may we bring Your healing and comfort. Where there isloneliness and isolation, may we bring the fellowship of Your HolyChurch. Where there is despair and discouragement, may we inspirehope and faith in You. Where there is hatred and strife, may we bepeacemakers producing the fruits of love and reconciliation.
We also ask You, O Lord, to guide our deliberations, ourdecisions, our fellowship, and all our labors, so that in all we do, orsay, we may bring glory to Your Holy Name, of the Father and of theSon, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
His Grace Bishop Sevastianos, National Philoptochos Advisor, offered the delegates and all Philoptochos members the Philoptochos Prayer for all meetings and gatherings.