The Fellowship of Life
The Prayer of St. Basil
O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our little brothers to whom Thou hast given this earth as their home in common with us.
We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth which should have gone up to Thee in song has been a groan of travail.
May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee, and that they love the sweetness of life even as we, and serve Thee in their place better than we in ours.
Circulated in the early 1970's: From the Russian Liturgy of St. Basil, Bishop of Caesarea, A.D. 370.
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