Sionian Prayers



Our Founder fr. Theodore has left us as a spiritual heritage a number of prayers, and asked the Sisters to say often. Until today they have a special place in our lives.



1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love

Memorare / Remember

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever. Amen


Blessed be the Lord God of Israel:
for he hath visited, and redeemed his people;

And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us:
in the house of his servant David;

As he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets:
which have been since the world began;

That we should be saved from our enemies:
and from the hands of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers:
and to remember his holy Covenant;

To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham:
that he would give us;

That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies:
might serve him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life.

And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people:
for the remission of their sins,

Through the tender mercy of our God:
whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;

To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death:
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Chapel in the Sion Community, in Krakow

Nunc dimittis / Song of Simeon

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
Your word has been fulfilled.

My eyes have seen the salvation
You have prepared in the sight of every people,

A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people, Israel.

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