Ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally

Today is the feast of St James, brother of the Lord, and first bishop in Jerusalem.

IF any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

James 1:5


O BENEFICENT King eternal, and Creator of the universe, receive Thy Church, coming unto Thee through Thy Christ:

fulfil to each what is profitable; lead all to perfection, and make us perfectly worthy of the grace of Thy sanctification, gathering us together within Thy holy Church, which Thou hast purchased by the precious blood of Thy only-begotten Son, and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

with whom Thou art blessed and glorified, together with Thy all-holy, and good, and quickening Spirit, now and ever, and to all eternity. Amen.


THOU who art the only-begotten Son and Word of God, immortal; who didst submit for our salvation to become flesh of the holy God-mother, and ever-virgin Mary;

who didst immutably become man and wast crucified, O Christ our God, and didst by Thy death tread death underfoot;

who art one of the Holy Trinity glorified together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.


LET all mortal flesh be silent, and stand with fear and trembling, and meditate nothing earthly within itself:—

For the King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ our God, comes forward to be sacrificed, and to be given for food to the faithful;

and the bands of angels go before Him with every power and dominion, the many-eyed cherubim, and the six-winged seraphim, covering their faces, and crying aloud the hymn,

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Liturgy of St James. Source.


HE whom thou didst bear in the flesh, O Virgin Mother, this same did James proclaim as God of all, O Pure Lady, shining forth from the Father.

At Matins on the Feast of St James, October 23. Source.


5 thoughts on “Ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally

  1. “LET all mortal flesh be silent, and stand with fear and trembling, and meditate nothing earthly within itself” I love this part. I will have to incorporate that into my daily prayer.

  2. I checked out the other page, too! it’s beautiful! “LET all mortal flesh fall silent” I don’t know why that prayer speaks to me so loudly! I think it’s the perfect prayer for those verbally abused.

  3. It speaks to me too, always has done. The awareness that at the divine liturgy we stand in an open heaven, surrounded by angels hosts, and that we are met by Christ coming forth from his place of glory, is one of the things that drew me to the Orthodox Church. Instead of seeing liturgy as a rather noisy expression of our religious feelings, I now see it as an awe-filled silence as God wraps us in his world, wraps us in his love, making present among us his eternal self-giving for us, as the King once again comes not to be served but to serve, and be a ransom for many.

  4. And the words are so pure and beautiful.

    I miss your daily liturgy postings but I am assuming that you are busy! Just wanted to tell you that I greatly appreciate your blogging.

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