THE [Jewish] priests indeed are good, but the High Priest [Christ] is better; to whom the holy of holies has been committed, and who alone has been trusted with the secrets of God.
He is the door of the Father, by which enter in Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the prophets, and the apostles, and the Church. All these have for their object the attaining to the unity of God.
But the Gospel possesses something transcendent, the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, His passion and resurrection. For the beloved prophets announced Him, but the Gospel makes incorruption complete. All these things are good together, if in love ye believe.
St Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Philadelphians IX. [CCEL]
O LORD, our God, whose might is beyond compare, and whose glory is beyond comprehension; whose mercy is beyond measure, and whose love for mankind beyond words; do thou, O Master, look upon us and upon this holy house with thine accustomed pity, and pour out upon us and upon those who pray together with us the riches of thy loving-kindness and compassion.
The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. This prayer is said privately by the priest standing before the altar, during the Great Litany (opening petitions).