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Nativity Prayer—Thought to Ponder

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

Help us, O God, not to waste this Nativity season in trivial and frivolous pursuits. Help us, so that true joy may rise in our hearts. Bring true praise to our lips. Let goodwill and Christian love prevail in all we do and in all our relationships.

‘A Star shall come out of Jacob, A Scepter shall rise out of Israel.’

-Numbers 24:17

‘This our festival we celebrate God coming to man that man might go out, or better, go back to God our Father.’

-St. Gregory of Nazianzus

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A Prayer for the Beginning of the Nativity Fast

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Here is a prayer to say as we begin the Nativity Fast:

‘Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord Jesus Christ, you have come so many times to us and found no resting place. Forgive us for our overcrowded lives, our vain haste and our preoccupation with ourselves. Come again, O Lord, and through our hearts that are a disarray of voices, and our minds overcome with many fears, find a place, however humble, where You can begin to work Your wonders as you create peace and joy within us. Even in some hidden corner, in some out-of-the-way spot, we can clear away the clutter, and shut out the noise and darkness.  Come be born again in us, and we shall kneel in perfect peace with the wisest and humblest of men. Help us to enter into this Christmas Fast with humility and joy. O Lord, give us Christmas from within, that we may share it from without, on all sides, all around us, wherever there is need. O God, help us to share the blessing of your son Jesus Christ with everyone. In your Name let us keep Christmas Holy.’

‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not works, lest anyone should boast.’ Ephesians 2:9-10

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Orthodox Statement on Las Vegas Attacks

October 2, 2017

Beloved in the Lord,

“The fear of man lays a snare,
but he who trusts in the Lord is safe.”

(Proverbs 29:25)

It is with a troubled and sorrowful heart that I greet you today in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like each of you, I was shocked and greatly grieved to hear of the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas, Nevada, which have killed fifty, and injured over four hundred people.

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Dear Religious Educators,

“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2:46-47)

According to this statement Gospel of Luke, the twelve-year-old Jesus asked a lot of questions.

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Letter from Metropolitan TIKHON/Reflections on 9/11

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today is the Anniversary of the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that came down in the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  At the same time that we remember those who lost their lives from these shameful acts of human terrorism, we are praying for the millions of people who have been affected by the on-going onslaught of natural disasters, particularly hurricanes and earthquakes on several continents, including our own.

Even in popular media these multiple events prompt apocalyptic thinking about the end of the world. Read more…

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