A terrible crime
happened in my church last week. Someone stole four silver-covered icons. They stole holy images of Christ and the Theotokos. This makes them guilty of sacrilege, and if they sell the icons, they are guilty of simony. These are grave, terrible sins. I think they may even result in latae sententiae excommunications. In any case, stealing from a church is very, very bad.
So, I ask you to pray with us for the thieves:
Thou who didst pray for them that crucifed thee, O Lord, Lover of the souls of men, and who didst command thy servants to pray for their enemies, forgive those who hate and maltreat us, and turn our lives from all harm and evil to brotherly love and good works: for this we humbly bring our prayer, that with one accord and one heart we may glorify thee who alone lovest mankind
As thy first martyr Stephen prayed to thee for his murderers, O Lord, so we fall before thee and pray: forgive all who hate and maltreat us and let not one of them perish because of us, but all be saved by thy grace, O God the all-bountiful.