"So I say to you: ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened."
"I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete."
"For him I have accepted the loss of all other things, and look on them all as filth if only I can gain Christ and be given a place in him, with the uprightness I have gained not from the Law, but through faith in Christ, an uprightness from God, based on faith, that I may come to know him and the power of his resurrection, and partake of his sufferings by being moulded to the pattern of his death, striving towards the goal of resurrection from the dead. Not that I have secured it already, not yet reached my goal, but I am still pursuing it in the attempt to take hold of the prize for which Christ took hold of me."
Lord Jesus Christ, Word of the Father, through whom all things were and are created: protect, we pray, your Church that is gathered from every people. May we so love you with a pure heart and from a right belief, that we may merit a share in your eternal kingdom in the company of all your holy saints.
We humbly implore you, O Lord, to fill us with your heavenly blessing: so that we who celebrate this holy office in our fragility may ever sense the help extended to us by your holy angels.
O God, you sent your only Son and revealed him as the Creator of your creatures: look kindly upon us, your servants, and prepare in our hearts a dwelling place worthy of your holy wisdom.
He will shake heaven and earth, that only the unshakable may remain: he is a consuming fire, that only that which cannot be consumed may stand forth eternal. It is the nature of God, so terribly pure that it destroys all that is not pure as fire, which demands like purity in our worship. He will have purity. It is not that the fire will burn us if we do not worship thus; yea, will go on burning within us after all that is foreign to it has yielded to its force, no longer with pain and consuming, but as the highest consciousness of life, the presence of God.