With the Archpastoral blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Rodney Torbic gave the invocation at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Annual Convention held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh on March 29, 2022.
Father Rodney prayed for Lord God to energize the convention for the well-being of workers. The Lord was asked to provide for the safety and well-being of workers. Gratitude was expressed to God for union leaders and members standing strong against dangers, hardships and inequities. Workers departed this life were remembered in the prayer. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is composed of the federation of worker unions throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and fillest all things. Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls O Good One.
We gather O Lord in unity with Thee and with each other. We seek Your wisdom, care and protection for workers. We pray for You to energize this convention for the well-being of workers. You are the Source of dignity and assurance for all workers. Thank You for the union leaders and members standing strong against dangers, hardships and inequities. Please remember and give peace to the souls of workers who have departed this life.
We draw strength from You Lord and are united as AFL-CIO members in solidarity. We pray fervently for the protection of all workers, for those on the front lines, first responders, healthcare workers, retail workers, transportation workers, educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, airline workers, communication workers and correctional officers. We pray for those in offices, mills, mines, manufacturing, and construction, for union members on strike, and members that have lost their jobs.
O Lord provide for the safety and well-being of workers and their families. You are a merciful God and love and care for all. Bless this convention, making it eminently successful for the full membership of the AFL-CIO, for You are blessed unto ages of ages.