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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Prayer for the Departed

With the souls of the righteous dead, give rest, O Saviour, to the soul of thy servant N., preserving him unto the life of blessedness which is with thee, O Thou who lovest mankind.

In the place of thy rest, O Lord, where all thy Saints repose, give rest also to the soul of thy servant N., for thou alone lovest mankind.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

Thou art the God who didst descend into hell and loose the bonds of the captives. Do thou give rest also to the soul of thy servant N.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

O Virgin, alone pure and undefiled, who without seed didst bring forth God, pray thou that his soul may be saved.

With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of thy servant N., where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Prayer

O Lord,
when we consider what we are
and remember our mistakes,
then, conscious of our misdeeds,
our thoughts turn
to your terrible day of judgement;
our assurance of a favourable verdict
lies in our one and only refuge
who loves all mankind;
and so it is right
that we pray you now
to grant us
the great gift of your merciful forbearance.

Through the grace, mercy
and all-embracing love
of your only-begotten Son,
to whom with you
and your holy and life-giving Spirit
be all blessing,
now and for ever,
to the ages of ages. Amen.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

St Leontius of Cyprus

Through heaven and earth and sea, through wood and stone, through all creation visible and invisible, I offer veneration to the Creator and Master and Maker of all things. For the creation does not venerate the Maker directly and by itself, but it is through me that the heavens declare the glory of God, through me the moon worships God, through me the stars glorify him, through me the waters and showers of rain, the dews and all creation, venerate God and give him glory.

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(Quoted by Bishop Kallistos Ware in The Orthodox Way, SVS Press, 1995, with the comment that "man is priest of the creation through his power to give thanks and to offer the creation back to God"; op. cit., p. 54)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Prayer at the Beginning of the Day

(by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, d. 1867)

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of the day reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray thou thyself in me. Amen.