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Almighty and Ever-living God, we give You special thanks on this day – OXI Day – for this gathering of love and appreciation of the Holy Metropolis of San Francisco. We ask Your special blessings upon its Shepherd, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, who is being recognized this evening by his faithful people, for the nineteen years of devoted and dedicated archpastoral ministry that he has undertaken throughout this shepherding of Your blesséd and rational sheep. Grant him health, length of days, and every blessing of strength and grace to continue to rightly teach the word of Your Truth.