Prayer Around City Hall 2017

National Day of Prayer
PRAYER AROUND CITY HALL 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Noon – 1:00 PM
Lakeland City Hall
228 Mass. Avenue
(outdoor event)


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Prayer Around City Hall 2017 is held in observance of the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer. It is an outdoor gathering along the sidewalk and lawn in front of Lakeland City Hall. Clergy and civic leaders join with marketplace ministers, business owners, students, educators, and other interested citizens in prayer for each other and the challenges facing our community and nation.

Envisioned in 2007 by Fr. Wade Fahnestock (FriarWade) and with the help of a local task force, the first Prayer Around City Hall was held in 2008 along with Reflections of Prayer at Lake Mirror. This year, Fr. Wade is focusing only on the Noon event at City Hall.

This event is made possible through your participation and financial support. A very special “THANK YOU” goes out to Ed Kirkland of Harvest Meat Markets, Bruce Conner of The Central Florida Food Banks, and Chris McLaughlin of Keller Williams Realty for their initial financial support and sponsorship.


National Day of Prayer

“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” 

—Thomas Jefferson, 1808


 

 

 

 

 

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7:50 AM – Open Q&A Session

Monday, February 13, 2017

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Epistle Reading

1 John 2:18-3:10

18

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

19

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

21

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.

25

And this is the promise that He has promised us-eternal life.

26

These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.

27

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

28

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

29

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

2

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

3

And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

4

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

5

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

6

Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

7

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

8

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

9

Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

10

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

Gospel Reading

Mark 11:1-11

1

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;

2

and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.

3

And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.

4

So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it.

5

But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”

6

And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.

7

Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.

8

And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

9

Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:”Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’

10

Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

11

And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Saints & Feasts

Monday February 13, 2017 / January 31, 2017

Week of the Prodigal Son. Tone one.

  • Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John (311) and with them Martyrs Athanasia and her daughters Theoctiste, Theodota, and Eudoxia, at Canopus in Egypt (311).
  • St. Nicetas of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1108).
  • Martyrs Victorinus, Victor, Nicephorus, Claudius, Diodorus, Serapion, and Papias of Egypt (251).
  • Martyr Tryphaenes at Cyzicus (1st c.).
  • Remembrance of all the departed who suffered in the years of persecution for faith in Christ.
  • New Martyr Elias (Ardunis) of Mt. Athos (1686) (Greek).
  • Venerable Pachomius, abbot of Keno Lake Monastery (1525).
  • St. Marcella of Rome (410).
  • St. Athanasius, bishop of Methona (880).
  • St. Arsenius of Paros (1877).

The Scripture Readings

1 John 2:18-3:10
Mark 11:1-11


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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Epistle Reading
2 Timothy 3:1-9

1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

2

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3

unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

4

traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5

having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

6

For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,

7

always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8

Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;

9

but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

Gospel Reading
Luke 20:46-21:4

46

Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,

47

who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.

1

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,

2

and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.

3

So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;

4

for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.

Saints & Feasts
Saturday February 11, 2017 / January 29, 2017

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

* Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107).
* New Hieromartyrs John and Leontius priests, Constantine deacon and with them 5 Martyrs (1920).
* St. Laurence, recluse of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Turov (1194).
* Sts. Gerasimus (1441), Pitirim (1455), and Jonah (1470), bishops of Perm.
* Martyrs Romanus, James, Philotheus, Hyperechius, Abibus, Julian and Paregorius at Samosata (297)
* Martyrs Silvanus, bishop of Emesa, Luke the Deacon, and Mocius (Mucius) the Reader (312).
* Synaxis of All Saints of Yekaterinburg.
* New Martyr Demetrius of Chios (1802) (Greek).
* Venerable Aphrahates of Persia, monk (370).
* St. Barsimaeus the Confessor, bishop of Edessa (2nd c.).
* Martyrs Sarbelus and his sister Bebaia of Edessa (115) (Greek).
* Venerable Sulpicius Severus, disciple of St. Martin of Tours (406) (Gaul).
* Venerable Gildas the Wise, abbot of Rhuys, Brittany (ca. 570) (Celtic & British).
* St. Ashot Kuropalates of Tao-Klardjeti (829) (Georgia).
* St. Ignatius, bishop of Smolensk (1210).
* Venerable Andrew (Rublev) of Russia, iconographer (1430).
The Scripture Readings

2 Timothy 3:1-9
Luke 20:46-21:4
The Transfer of the Relics of the PriestMartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer:

Commemorated on January 29

The Transfer of the Relics of the PriestMartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer: (the account about him is located under 20 December). After the holy PriestMartyr Ignatios was thrown for devouring by wild beasts at Rome dying in the year 107 – on orders of the emperor Trajan, Christians gathered up his bones and preserved them at Rome. Later in the year 108 they were transferred to the outskirts of Antioch. A second transfer – into the city of Antioch itself, was done in the year 438. And after the taking of Antioch by the Persians, the relics of the PriestMartyr Ignatios were returned to Rome and placed into the church in honour of the holy PriestMartyr Pope Clement in the year 540 (but according to other histories, the year was 637). The PriestMartyr introduced antiphonal singing into Church Divine-services. He has left us seven archpastoral epistles in which he provided instruction on faith, love and good works, he urged likewise the preserving of the oneness of the faith and to beware of heretics, and he bid the obeying and honouring of bishops, “looking upon the bishop as upon Christ Himself”.
“Hearken ye unto the bishop, so that God in turn might hearken unto you… let Baptism remain with you, like a shield and buckler; faith – like an helmet; love – like a spear; patience – like full armour”.

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Epistle Reading
1 John 2:7-17 (Friday)

7

Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.

8

Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

9

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.

10

He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

11

But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

12

I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

13

I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.

14

I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.

15

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16

For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world.

17

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Gospel Reading
Mark 14:3-9 (Friday)

3

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.

4

But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted?

5

For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor. And they criticized her sharply.

6

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.

7

For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.

8

She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.

9

Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.

Saints & Feasts
Friday February 10, 2017 / January 28, 2017

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

* Venerable Ephraim the Syrian (373).
* Venerable Theodosius, abbot, of Totma (Vologda) (1568).
* St. Theodore confessor, priest (1933).
* New Hieromartyrs Ignatius bishop of Skopinsk, Vladimir priest and Hieromartyr Bartholomeus, Virgin-martyr Olga (1938).
* Venerable Leontius, confessor (1972).
* Venerable Ephraim, abbot, wonderworker of Novotorzhok (1053).
* Venerable Ephraim, bishop of Pereyaslavl (Kiev Caves) (1098).
* Venerable Palladius the Hermit of Antioch (4th c.).
* Venerable Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (ascetic writer) (7th c.).
* “Sumorin Totma” Icon of the Mother of God (16th c.).
* Venerable John of Reomans (544) (Gaul).
* Venerable James the Ascetic of Porphyreon in Palestine (Greek).
The Scripture Readings

1 John 2:7-17
Mark 14:3-9

The Monk Ephrem the Syrian

Commemorated on January 28

The Monk Ephrem the Syrian, a teacher of repentance, was born at the beginning of the IV Century (his precise year of birth is unknown) in the city of Ninevah (Mesopotamia) into the family of impoverished toilers of the soil. His parents raised their son in piety. But from the time of his childhood he was known for his quick temper and irascible character, and in his youth he often had fights, he acted thoughtlessly, and even doubted of God’s Providence, until he finally recovered his senses from the Lord’s doing, guiding him on the path of repentance and salvation. One time he was unjustly accused of the theft of a sheep and was thrown into prison. And there in a dream he heard a voice, calling him to repentance and rectifying his life. After this, he was acquitted of the charges and set free.
Within Ephrem there took place a deep repentance. The youth withdrew outside the city and became an hermit. This form of Christian asceticism had been introduced at Ninevah by a disciple of the Monk Anthony the Great, – the Egyptian Wilderness-Dweller Eugenios (Eugene).
Among the hermits especially prominent was the noted ascetic, a preacher of Christianity and denouncer of the Arians, the bishop of the Ninevah Church, Saint James (Comm. 13 January). The Monk Ephrem became one of his disciples. Under the graced guidance of the holy hierarch, the Monk Ephrem attained to Christian meekness, humility, submission to the Will of God, and the strength without murmur to undergo various temptations. Saint James knew the high qualities of his student and he used them for the good of the Ninevah Church – he entrusted him to read sermons, to instruct children in the school, and he took Ephrem along with him to the First OEcumenical Council at Nicea (in the year 325). The Monk Ephrem was in obedience to Saint James for 14 years, until the bishop’s death.
After the capture of Ninevah by the Persians in the year 363, the Monk Ephrem abandoned the wilderness and settled in a monastery near the city of Edessa. Here he saw many a great ascetic, passing their lives in prayer and psalmody. Their caves were solitary shelters, and they fed themselves off a certain plant. He became especially close with the ascetic Julian (Comm. 18 October), who was one with him in a spirit of repentance. The Monk Ephrem combined with his ascetic works an incessant study of the Word of God, gathering within it for his soul both solace and wisdom. The Lord gave him a gift of teaching, and people began to come to him, wanting to hear his guidances, which produced a particular effect upon the soul, since he began with self-accusation. The monk both verbally and in writing instructed everyone in repentance, faith and piety, and he denounced the Arian heresy, which during those times was disrupting Christian society. And pagans likewise, listening to the preaching of the monk, were converted to Christianity.
He also toiled no little at the interpretation of Holy Scripture – with an explication of the Pentateuch (i.e. “Five Books”) of Moses. He wrote many a prayer and church-song, thereby enriching the Church’s Divine-services. Famed prayers of Saint Ephrem are to the MostHoly Trinity, to the Son of God, and to the MostHoly Mother of God. He wrote for his Church song for the Twelve Great Feastdays of the Lord (the Nativity of Christ, the Baptism, the Resurrection), and funereal song. Saint Emphrem’s Prayer of Repentance, “O Lord and Master of my life…”, is said during Great Lent, and it summons Christians to spiritual renewal. The Church since times ancient valued highly the works of the Monk Ephrem: his works were read in certain churches, at gatherings of the faithful, after the Holy Scripture. And now at present in accord with the Church Ustav (Rule), certain of his instructions are prescribed to be read on the days of Lent. Amidst the prophets, Saint David is pre-eminently the psalmodist; amidst the holy fathers of the Church the Monk Ephrem the Syrian – is pre-eminently a man of prayer. His spiritual experience made him a guide to monks and an help to the pastors of Edessa. The Monk Ephrem wrote in Syrian, but his works were very early translated into the Greek and Armenian languages, and from the Greek – into the Latin and Slavonic languages.
In numerous of the works of the Monk Ephrem are encountered glimpses of the life of the Syrian ascetics, the centre of which involved prayer and with it thereupon the toiling for the common good of the brethren, in the obediences. The outlook of the meaning of life among all the Syrian ascetics was the same. The end purpose of their efforts was considered by the monks to be communality with God and the diffusion of Divine grace within the soul of the ascetic; the present life for them was a time of tears, fasting and toil.
“If the Son of God be within thee, then also His Kingdom is within thee. Here then is the Kingdom of God – within thee, a sinner. Go inwards into thine self, search diligently and without toil thou shalt find it. Outside of thee – is death, and the door to it – is sin. Go inwards into thine self, dwell within thine heart, for since there – is God”. Constant spiritual sobriety, the developing of good within the soul of man gives unto him the possibility to take upon himself a task like blessedness, and a self-constraint like sanctity. The requital is presupposed in the earthly life of man, it is an undertaking by degrees of its spiritual perfection. Whoso grows himself wings upon the earth, says the Monk Ephrem, is one who soars up into the heights; whoso down here purifies his mind – there glimpses the Glory of God; in what measure each one loveth God – is that measure wherein is satiated to fullness by the love of God. Man, cleansing himself and attaining the grace of the Holy Spirit while still here, down upon the earth, has a foretaste therein of the Kingdom of Heaven. To attain to life eternal, in the teachings of the Monk Ephrem, does not mean to pass over from one sphere of being into another, but means rather to discover “the Heavenly” spiritual condition of being. Eternal life is not bestown man as a one-sided working by God, but rather like a seed, it constantly grows within him through effort, toil and struggle.
The pledge within us of “theosis” (“obozhenie” or “deification”) – is the Baptism of Christ, and the primal propulsion for the Christian life – is repentance. The Monk Ephrem was a great teacher of repentance. The forgiveness of sins in the sacramental-mystery of Repentance, according to his teaching, is not an external exoneration, not a forgetting of the sins, but rather their complete undoing, their annihilation. The tears of repentance wash away and burn away the sin. And moreover – they (i.e. the tears) vivify, they transfigure sinful nature, they give the strength “to walk in the way of the commandments of the Lord”, encouraging the hope on God. In the fiery font of Repentance, wrote the Monk, “thou dost sail thyself across, O sinner, thou dost resuscitate thyself from the dead”.
The Monk Ephrem, in his humility reckoning himself the least and worst of all, at the end of his life set out to Egypt, to see the efforts of the great ascetics. He was accepted there as a welcome guest and received for himself great solace in his associating with them. On the return journey he visited at Caesarea Cappadocia with Sainted Basil the Great (Comm. 1 January), who wanted to ordain him a priest, but the monk considered himself unworthy of priesthood, and at the insistence of Saint Basil, he accepted only the dignity of deacon, in which he remained until death. Even later on, Saint Basil the Great invited the Monk Ephrem to accept the cathedra-chair of a bishop, but the saint feigned folly to avoid for himself this honour, in humility reckoning himself unworthy of it.
Upon his return to his own Edessa wilderness, the Monk Ephrem intended to spend the rest of his life in solitude. But Divine Providence again summoned him to service of neighbour. The inhabitants of Edessa were suffering from a devastating famine. By the influence of his word, the monk induced the wealthy to render aid to those that lacked. From the offerings of believers he built a poor-house for the destitute and sick. The Monk Ephrem then withdrew to a cave nigh to Edessa, where he remained to the end of his days.

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Thursday Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade 20170209

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

John 10:1-9 (Matins Gospel)

1 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.
6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:9-16 (St. John)

9

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

11

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

12

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.

13

The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

14

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

15

As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.



Epistle Reading

1 John 1:8-2:6

8

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

2

And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

3

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (St. John)

26

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

27

who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

28

For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

1

Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

2

a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.

Gospel Reading

Mark 13:31-14:2

31

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

32

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33

Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

34

It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

35

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming-in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning-

36

lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.

37

And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

1

After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.

2

But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.”

Saints & Feasts
Thursday February 9, 2017 / January 27, 2017
  • Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
  • Fast-free Week. Fast-free
  • Translation of the relics (437) of St. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople.
  • Venerable Peter of Egypt (5th c.).
  • New Martyr Demetrius at Constantinople (1784) (Greek).
  • Venerable Titus the Soldier, monk of the Kiev Caves.
  • New Hieromartyr Peter (Zverev) of Voronezh (1929).
  • St. Demetrius Klepinine, priest of Paris (1944).
  • Venerable Leonty (Stasevich) of Ivanovo (1972).

The Scripture Readings

John 10:1-9 Matins Gospel

John 10:9-16 St. John


Sainted John Chrysostom

Commemorated on January 27

Sainted John Chrysostom – a great ecumenical teacher and hierarch, died in the city of Comene in the year 407 on his way to a place of exile, having been condemned by the intrigues of the empress Eudoxia because of his daring denunciation of the vices ruling over Constantinople. The transfer of his venerable relics was made in the year 438: after 30 years following the death of the saint during the reign of Eudoxia’s son emperor Theodosius II (408-450).
Saint John Chrysostom had the warm love and deep respect of the people, and grief over his untimely death lived on in the hearts of christians. Saint John’s student Saint Proclus, Patriarch of Constantinople (434-447), making Divine-services in the Church of Saint Sophia, preached a sermon which in glorifying Saint John he said: “O John! Thy life was filled with difficulties, but thy death was glorious, thy grave is blessed and reward abundant through the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. O graced one, having conquered the bounds of time and place! Love hath conquered space, unforgetting memory hath annihilated the limits, and place doth not hinder the miracles of the saint”. Those who were present in church, deeply touched by the words of Saint Proclus, did not allow him even to finish his sermon. With one accord they began to entreat the Patriarch to intercede with the emperor, so that the relics of Saint John might be transferred to Constantinople. The emperor, overwhelmed by Saint Proclus, gave his consent and made the order to transfer the relics of Saint John. But the people dispatched by him were by no means able to lift up the holy relics – not until that moment when the emperor realising his oversight that he had not sent the message to Saint John, humbly beseeching of him forgiveness for himself and for his mother Eudoxia. The message was read at the grave of Saint John and after this they easily lifted up the relics, carried them onto a ship and arrived at Constantinople. The reliquary coffin with the relics was placed in the Church of the holy Martyr Irene. The Patriarch opened the coffin: the body of Saint John had remained without decay. The emperor, having approached the coffin with tears, asked forgiveness. All day and night people did not leave the coffin. In the morning the reliquary coffin with its relics was brought to the Church of the Holy Apostles. The people cried out: “Receive back thy throne, father!” Then Patriarch Proclus and the clergy standing at the relics – saw Saint John open his mouth and pronounce: “Peace be to all”.
In the IX Century the feastday in honour of the transfer of the relics of Sainted John Chrysostom was written into church singing.

 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

 

Epistle Reading
2 Peter 3:1-18

1

Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

2

that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

3

knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

4

and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

5

For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,

6

by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

7

But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

10

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

11

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

12

looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

13

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14

Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

15

and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation-as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

16

as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

17

You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

18

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Gospel Reading
Mark 13:24-31

24

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;

25

the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26

Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

27

And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

28

Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

29

So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near-at the doors!

30

Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

31

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Saints & Feasts

Wednesday February 8, 2017 / January 26, 2017

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.

  • Fast-free Week. Fast-free
  • St. Xenophon and his wife, St. Mary, and their two sons, Sts. Arcadius and John, of Constantinople (6th c.).
  • New Martyr Matushka Maria of Gatchina (1930).
  • New Hieromartyr Cyril, metropolitan of Kazan (1937).
  • New Hieromartyr Arcadius (1938).
  • Martyr John (1938).
  • Venerable Xenophon, abbot of Robeika (Novgorod) (1262).
  • Martyrs Ananias presbyter, Peter, and seven soldiers, in Phoenicia (295).
  • Venerable Symeon “the Ancient” of Mt. Sinai (ca. 390).
  • Translation of the relics of Venerable Theodore, abbot of the Studion (845).
  • St. Joseph, bishop of Thessalonica, brother of St. Theodore of the Studion (830).
  • St. Davit IV the Builder, king of Georgia and Abkhazeti (1125) (Georgia).
  • St. Ammon, of Egypt, disciple of St. Anthony the Great (350),
  • and St. Gabriel, abbot at Jerusalem (490).
  • St. Conon, bishop and monastic founder on the Isle of Man (648) (Celtic & British).
  • Two Martyrs of Phrygia (Greek).
  • Venerable Clement of Mt. Sagmation (12tK c.) (Greek).
  • St. Paula of Palestine (404).

The Scripture Readings

2 Peter 3:1-18
Mark 13:24-31


The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John

Commemorated on January 26

The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John, were noted citizens of Constantinople and lived in the V Century. Despite riches and position, they distinguished themselves by their simplicity of soul and goodness of heart. Wishing to give their sons John and Arkadios a more complete education, they sent them off to the Phoenician city of Beirut. Through Divine Providence the ship on which both brothers sailed became ship-wrecked. The brothers were pitched by the waves onto shore at different places. Aggrieved at being separated, the brothers dedicated themselves to God and accepted monasticism. For a long time the parents received no news about their children and presumed them to have perished. Xenophontes, however, now already quite old, maintained firm hope in the Lord and consoled his wife Maria, telling her not to sorrow but to believe that their children were watched over by the Lord. After several years the spouses made pilgrimage to the Holy places and at Jerusalem they met their sons, pursuing asceticsm at different monasteries. The joyful parents gave thanks to the Lord for providently re-uniting the whole family. For the remainder of their lives, the monastics Xenophontes and Maria dedicated themselves to God and accepted monasticism. The Monks Arkadios and John, having taken leave of their parents, went out into the wilderness, where after long ascetic toil they were glorified by gifts of wonderworking and perspicacity. The monastic elders Xenophontes and Maria, having pursued asceticism in silence and strict fasting, also received of God the gift of wonderworking.

The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John
The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John

 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

MORNING PRAYERS
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let him that hears say, “Come.”
And let him that is thirsty COME!
And whosoever will,
Let him take
the water of life freely.

– Revelation 22: 17

He who believes on Me,
as the Scripture has said,
out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water.

– John 7: 38

Cause me to hear
your lovingkindness in the morning;
for in you do I trust:
cause me to know the way
wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto you.

– Psalm 142:8 (143:8)
God is the Lord,
and He revealed Himself to us.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the Lord
I defended myself against them.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord,
and it is wonderful in our eyes.

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!
Maranatha!

Blessed is our God,
now and ever and to the ages of ages.
Amen!
Bendito sea nuestro Dios
perpetuamente ahora y siempre
y por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén
Glory to God in the Highest,
and on Earth, Peace, Goodwill towards men!
(3x)

TRISAGION PRAYERS

Glory to you, O God, glory to you!
Gloria a Ti, Nuestro Dios, Gloria a Ti.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
everywhere present and filling 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!

Oh, Rey Celestial, Paráclito, Espíritu de Verdad,
que estás en todas partes y llenas todas las cosas,
Tesoro de todo lo bueno, y Dispensador en la Vida,
ven y mora en nosotros, purifícanos de toda mancha
y salva nuestras almas, Oh Bondadoso.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal,
have mercy on us! (3x)
Santo Dios, Santo Fuerte, Santo Inmortal,
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. (3x)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Gloria al Padre, al Hijo, y al Espíritu Santo,
ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

O all holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
LORD, cleanse us from our sins.
Master, pardon our transgressions.
Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities
for your name’s sake.
Oh, Santísima Trinidad, ten piedad de nosotros.
Oh, Señor, perdona nuestros pecados.
Oh, Soberano, absuelve nuestras transgresiones,
Oh, Santo, mira y sana nuestras debilidades
por Tu Nombre.

LORD have mercy!
¡Señor, ten piedad!
KYRIE eleison!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Gloria al Padre, al Hijo, y al Espíritu Santo,
ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom,
and the power and the glory,
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos,
santificado sea tu nombre, venga a nosotros tu Reino,
hágase tu voluntad, como es en el cielo así en la tierra.
El pan nuestro sustancial dánosle hoy,
perdónanos nuestras deudas así como nosotros
perdonamos a nuestros deudores,
y no nos dejes caer en la tentación,
mas líbranos del maligno.
Porque Tuyo es el Reino, el Poder y la gloria,
Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo,
ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

MORNING TROPARIA
(Morning Hymn)

Arising from sleep, I fall down before you, O Good One and cry out to you, O Almighty One, the angelic hymn: holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Now that you have raised me from my bed of sleep, O LORD, enlighten my mind and heart and open my lips that I may praise you, O Holy Trinity: holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us!

Now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Suddenly shall come the Judge and the deeds of each person shall be revealed; thus with fear we cry out at midnight: holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us!

LORD have mercy! (3x)
KYRIE Eleison! (3x)
¡Señor, ten piedad! (3x)
LORD have mercy! (3x)

PRAYER OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT

Having arisen from sleep, I thank you, O holy Trinity, for in your great goodness and patience you have not become angry with me in my negligence and sinfulness, nor have you destroyed me in my transgressions, but in your compassion you have raised me up as I lay in despair that I might sing the glories of your majesty.

Enlighten the eyes of my understanding; open my heart to receive your words; teach me your commandments and help me to do your will, confessing you from my heart, singing and praising your all-holy name: of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Come let us worship God our King!
Venid inclinémonos al Rey nuestro Dios.

Come let us worship and fall down
before Christ our King and our God!
Venid inclinémonos y postrémonos ante Cristo, Rey y nuestro Dios.

Come let us worship and fall down
before Christ himself our King and our God!
Venid inclinémonos y postrémonos ante Cristo mismo,
El es nuestro Rey y Dios.
Psalm 50 (51)
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your great goodness,
according to your abundant mercy,
blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever
before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done that which is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless in your judgment.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;
let the bones which you have humbled rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
you God of my salvation
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

O LORD, open my lips
and my mouth shall show forth your praise.
For you have no delight in sacrifice;
were I to give a burnt offering,
you would not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God
is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
THE CREED
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
maker (creator) of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
the only-begotten,
begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light, true God of true God;
begotten, not made (created);
of one essence with the Father;
by whom all things were made (created);
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became man.
And he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate
and suffered and was buried.
And the third day he rose again,
according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven;
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory to judge
the living and the dead,
whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the LORD, the Giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father;
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.

In one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.
MORNING PRAYER
by METROPOLITAN PHILARET OF MOSCOW

O LORD, grant that I may greet the coming day in peace. Help me to rely on your holy will at every moment. In every hour of the day, reveal your will to me. Bless my time with all who surround me. Teach me to treat whatever may happen to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all is sent by you. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it will bring. Direct my will. Teach me to pray, and pray yourself in me. Amen.

PRAYER AT DAYBREAK
by ARCHIMANDRITE SOPHRONIOS

O LORD eternal and creator of all things,
who of your unfathomable goodness
called me to this life,
who bestowed on me the grace of baptism
and the seal of the Holy Spirit,
who placed within me with the desire to seek you,
the one true God: hear my prayer.

I have no life, light, no joy or wisdom,
no strength except in you, O God.
Because of my unrighteousness
I dare not raise my eyes to you.
But you said to your disciples,
‘Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer believing,
you shall receive’ and
‘Whatsoever you shall ask in my name,
that will I do.’
Therefore I dare to call upon you.

Purify me from all taint of flesh and spirit.
Teach me to pray aright.
Bless this day which you give unto me,
your unworthy servant.
By the power of your blessing
enable me at all times to speak
and act to your glory with a pure spirit,
with humility, patience, love, gentleness,
peace, courage, wisdom, and kindness:
aware always of your presence.

Of your immense goodness, O LORD God,
show me the path of your will,
and grant me to walk in your sight without sin.

O LORD, unto whom all hearts be open,
you know what things I have need of.
You are acquainted with my blindness
and my ignorance, you know my infirmity
and my soul’s corruption;
but neither are my pain and anguish hid from you.

Therefore I ask you,
hear my prayer and by your Holy Spirit
teach me the way wherein I should walk;
and when my perverted will would lead me
down other paths, spare me not O LORD,
but force me back to you.

By the power of your love,
grant me to hold fast to that which is good.
Preserve and protect me from every word or deed
that corrupts the soul;
from every impulse unpleasing in your sight
and hurtful to my fellow man.
Teach me what to say and how to speak.

If it be your will that I make no answer,
inspire me to keep silent in a spirit of peace
that causes neither sorrow nor hurt to my fellow man.

Establish me in the path of your commandments
and to my last breath let me not stray
from the light of your ordinances,
that your commandments may become
the sole law of my being on this earth and all eternity.

Yea, LORD, I pray to you, have pity on me.
Spare me in my affliction and my misery
and hide not the way of salvation from me.

In my foolishness, O God,
I plead with you for many and great things.
Yet am I ever mindful of my wickedness,
my baseness, my vileness.
Have mercy upon me.
Cast me not away from your presence
because of my presumption.

Do you rather increase in me this presumption,
and grant unto me, the worst of men,
the chiefest of sinners,
to love you as you have commanded,
with all my heart, and with all my soul,
and with all my mind and with all my strength:
with my whole being.

Yea, O LORD, by your Holy Spirit,
teach me good judgment and knowledge.
Grant me to know your truth
before I go down into the grave.
Maintain my life in this world
until I may offer unto you worthy repentance.
Take me not away in the midst of my days,
nor while my mind is still blind.
When you shall be pleased to bring my life to an end,
forewarn me that I may prepare my soul
to come before you.

Cleanse me from secret faults,
from all iniquity that is hidden in me;
and give me a right answer before your judgment seat.
Be with me, O LORD,
at that dread hour and grant me
the joy of salvation.
Amen.
THE BREASTPLATE OF ST. PATRICK, OF IRELAND

I bind to myself today
The strong power of the invocation of the Trinity:
I confess the Trinity in the unity,
The Creator of the creation.

I bind to myself today forever
The power of the incarnation of Christ with his baptism,
The power of his crucifixion with his burial,
The power of his resurrection with his ascension,
The power of his coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The power of the cherubim’s love,
The obedience of angels,
The hope of resurrection unto reward,
The prayers of patriarchs,
The prophecies of prophets,
The preaching of apostles,
The faith of confessors,
The purity of holy virgins,
The deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s power to guide me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to teach me,
God’s eye to watch over me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guide me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to shelter me,
God’s host to secure me,
From the snares of demons,
From the seductions of vices,
From the lusts of nature,
From everyone who meditates injury to me,
Afar or near, alone or with many.

I invoke today all these powers
Against every hostile and merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the reports of false prophets,
Against the blind laws of foolish men,
Against the false teaching of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of the jealous,
Against the craft of the sorcerors,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against the death-wound,
That I may receive an abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ within me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong power of the invocation of the Trinity:
I confess the Trinity in the unity,
The Creator of the creation.

PRAYER, BY ST. BASIL THE GREAT
(5th Prayer)
O Almighty LORD,
God of the angelic powers and of all flesh,
you dwell on high and care for the lowly;
you search men’s hearts and innermost beings
and truly know all our hidden thoughts.

Ever-living light from all eternity,
in whom there is neither variation
nor shadow due to change,
trusting in your abundant mercy,
we offer you at this present hour
our prayers from stained lips, O immortal King.

Forgive every sin which we have committed
against you in word or deed, in knowledge
or in ignorance, and cleanse us from every stain
of flesh and spirit.
Grant that with a pure and watchful heart
we may pass the night of this life
in anticipation of the brilliant and holy day
when your only-begotten Son, our LORD,
God and Saviour Jesus Christ,
will come with glory to judge
and render to each according to his deeds.

May we not be found idle or sleeping,
but watchful and actively performing your commandments.
May we be prepared to enter into
his divine and glorious bridal-chamber,
where the voice of those who feast is unceasing
and the gladness of those who behold
the goodness of your glory is indescribable.

For you are the true light
who enlightens and sanctifies all,
and all creation sings your praise forever.
Amen.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Epistle Reading
St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2

Brethren, it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever. Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.

Gospel Reading
John 10:9-16

The Lord said, “I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.”
Saints & Feasts
Removal of the Relics of John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, Peter the Righteous of Egypt, Demetrios the New Martyr of Constantinople
TROPAR OF THE HOLY CROSS
O LORD, save your people and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to Christians over their adversaries and by the power of your cross preserve your habitation.

COMMEMORATION OF THE LIVING
O LORD Jesus Christ our God,
who for the sake of your eternal mercy
and lovingkindness became man
and suffered crucifixion and death for the salvation of all,
who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father
where you hear the prayers of all who call upon you humbly and with their whole heart:
incline your ear to us and listen to the prayer which your servants offer as a spiritual sacrifice for all your people.

Remember first of all your holy, catholic and apostolic church which you have purchased with your precious blood.
Strengthen it, multiply it, keep it in peace and do not allow the gates of hell to prevail against it.
Prevent schisms among the churches,
pacify the ragings of the pagans,
quickly destroy the uprisings of heresies
by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Have mercy, O Lord, upon the president,
the congress, the judiciary, governors,
those who make and administer our laws,
the municipal authorities,
those who protect us and serve us,
and those who serve in our armed forces
and save them all.
Give them peace and continual victory
over unrighteousness and over evil in all places.
May they provide peace so that your holy church
and all your people may live calm and ordered lives
in your sight, in true faith and prayer, with godly deeds.

Have mercy, O LORD, upon popes, patriarchs and metropolitans, archbishops and bishops, priests, deacons, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and the whole order of the clergy of your church.
Save them, whom you have established to feed the flock of your Word, and by their prayers have mercy on us sinners and save us.

Have mercy, O LORD,
on our spiritual fathers and mothers and save them,
and by their holy prayers forgive us our transgressions.

Have mercy, O LORD, on our parents and save them
together with our spouse, children,
brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles,
cousins, and friends.
Grant them your blessing,
both here and in the age to come.

Have mercy, O LORD, on the old and the young,
the needy, the orphans, the widows
and all who are in sickness and sorrow,
distress and affliction,
oppression and captivity,
in prison and confinement.
Save them, together with your servants
who are under persecution for your sake
and for the sake of the faith.
Remember them, visit them,
strengthen and comfort them,
and by your power grant them speedy relief,
freedom and deliverance.

Have mercy, O LORD,
on all who travel and save them:
those who are sent on duty,
our brothers and sisters and all Christians.

Have mercy, O LORD, on our enemies:
save all those who envy us,
wish us evil or deal unjustly with us.
May they not perish because of us sinners.

Enlighten, O LORD, with the truth of your holy wisdom,
all who have gone astray from the faith,
led by destructive heresies and
divergent philosophies,
and unite them once more to your
holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Amen.
COMMEMORATION OF THE DEPARTED

Remember, O LORD, those who have departed this life:
all popes, patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops,
and all who served you in the priesthood
and ministry of the church,
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers,
and in the monastic order
and grant them rest with your saints
in your eternal kingdom.

Remember, O LORD,
the souls of your servants now fallen asleep:
our parents, family and friends.
Forgive them all their sins,
committed in knowledge or in ignorance;
grant them your Kingdom,
a portion in your eternal blessing
and the enjoyment of your unending life.

Remember, O LORD,
all who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life:
our brothers and sisters,
Christians throughout the world.
Place them with your saints,
before the light of your countenance,
and have mercy on us,
for you are good and the Lover of mankind.
Amen.

PRAYER FOR CITY AND PARISH
O Heavenly Father,
we humbly ask you to send your Holy Spirit
to touch the hearts of the people of Lakeland, Florida.
We ask you to encourage them to seek the living truth,
your Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, and his holy church.
We pray that their hearts may be turned away from the temptations of this world and from the words of heretical teachers.

We also pray for ourselves,
that our hearts would not be hardened to the gospel,
but that we would be living lights
and representatives of our Saviour.
We pray for Church in Lakeland, Florida,
that it may be a true haven of rest,
encouragement and hope for all who call it home.
And we pray that all who call upon the name of the LORD Jesus Christ in Lakeland, Florida, may be one,
even as you and your Son and the Holy Spirit are one. Amen.

FINAL PRAYERS
It is truly right to bless you, O Theotokos,
ever blessed and most pure and the Mother of our God!
More honourable than the cherubim
and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim:
in virginity you gave birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify you!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

LORD have mercy! (3x)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, LORD Jesus Christ our God,
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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