. . . prayer is the sign of the great dignity with which the Creator has honored me. But at the same time it reminds me of my nothingness. (I am nothing, and have nothing of my own; therefore, I ask God for everything) and of my most high dignity (I am an image of God; I am made godly. . . . ) —John of Kronstadt, quoted in Icons, Paraclete Press
Eternal God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals. Grant that, as your holy angels stand before you in heaven, I may be with you on earth and faithfully serve you as those who see you face to face. Amen.