A prayer for rain

Colorado is in a drought.

O Master, Lord our God, Who didst hear Elijah the Tishbite because of his zeal for Thee, and for a time didst command that the rain be held back from being sent to the earth, and again at his prayer didst grant it fruit-bearing rain: Do Thou Thyself, O Master of all, Who art being entreated, out of Thy deep compassion grant abundant rain unto Thine inheritance; and, overlooking our sins, do Thou send down Thy rains upon every place entreating and praying for it.  Make glad the face of the earth, for the sake if Thy poor people and infants, and animals and all others, for they trust in Thee, that Thou wilt give drink unto them in due season.  For Thou art our God, a God Who showeth mercy and saveth, and unto Thee do we send up glory : to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

 

The Great Book of Needs, Volume IV (South Canaan, Pennsylvania: St Tikhon’s Seminary Press, 1999), page 50

Lord have mercy.

This is the first icon of St. Elijah I have seen with the Theotokos and Christ present.

St. Elijah the Prophet