Advent Favorites — I Am Not Worthy (St. John Chrysostom)

Originally Posted: December 6, 2004

Collect: Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Reni (Italian, 1575-1642), Virgin of the Annunciation, Oil on Canvas, Landesmuseum, OldenburgI am not worthy, Master and Lord,
that you should come
beneath the roof of my soul;
Yet, since you in your love for all people
wish to dwell within me,
in boldness I come before you.

You command “Open the gates!”
Gates you alone have forged;
And you will come in
with love toward all, as is your nature.
You will come in and enlighten my dark reasoning.

I believe you will do this,
for you did not send away
the harlot who came to you with tears,
nor cast out the repenting publican,
nor reject the thief
who acknowledged your kingdom.
You did not forsake the repentant persecutor,
the apostle Paul, even as he was.

But all who came to you in repentance,
you counted in the band of your friends;
You, who alone lives in glory forever,
now and unto the endless ages.

— St. John Chrysostom (347-407)

Another prayer by St. John Chrysostom


One Response to Advent Favorites — I Am Not Worthy (St. John Chrysostom)

  1. Paul McLaughlin says:

    Thank you, my Lord Jesus, that it is your joy to do this for us … oh, how you wept over Jerusalem … forgive us for the pain we have caused you, because of your perfect love for us … open our hearts, Lord, so that we may draw ever closer to you … help us to love you with all our heart, and to bring glory to our Father.

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