Bishop Barry Knestout's Letter
Bicentennial PrayerFather of lights,
the radiance of your Son has guided the advance of the Gospel
across the Diocese of Richmond for two centuries,
strengthening our Church
from the waters of the Eastern Shore to the mountains of the Blue Ridge.
Grant that the nearness of your Son may dispel the darkness of our sins,
so that as our love increases more and more,
we may dare more than ever to proclaim the word fearlessly.
Holding fast to the word of life,
may we shine like stars in the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.