Dual Dangers

Christ is risen! On this Bright Wednesday: Let us pray to the Lord; Lord, our God: Glory to you for this morning that gathers us before you once more, for this day whose light reflects the triumph of your Son over death. Perceiving when we are grossly ensnared in sin is easy, but seeing the subtleties of sin that can entangle us is quite another matter! Therefore, give us insight and understanding,…

Having Contended for the sake of Christ God

Christ is risen! On this Bright Tuesday: “Having contended on Lesvos for the sake of Christ God, you have sanctified the island with the discovery of your sacred relics, O blessed ones. Therefore we honor you, O God-bearing Raphael, together with Nicholas, and virgin Irene, as our divine protectors and intercessors with the Lord.” Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone This Bright Tuesday is a special day for your author since it is…

Christ is risen!

Christ is Risen! On this Bright Monday: Let us pray to the Lord; Blessed are you, O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for your graciousness has provided a living hope for us in the resurrection or your Son. This morning, as daylight gathers us together to celebrate the paschal mysteries, we beseech you: Clear our minds and hearts of all that distracts us from you. Gird us for action…

When He was on the Cross

On this Holy Friday: Let us pray to the Lord, O God and Father: How can the light of the sun pierce the terrible darkness of this day and its events? Your only Son, the true light, in the darkness of his ordeal, was pleased to embrace in his humanity the sufferings he could not endure in his divinity. And to what purpose, if not to prove that he considered us worthy…

You ARE There

On this Holy Thursday: Let us pray to the Lord, O you whose love for us is eternal and unchanging: Today, as your Son reclined at table with his chosen friends, he gave them the mysteries of his life-giving love for us, to be present forever on the altars of his holy churches throughout the world. Now, as we celebrate the institution of these mysteries, we entreat you to dispel all doubt…

This Isn’t Magic!

On this Holy Wednesday: Let us pray to the Lord, O Lord who, in Your mercies and bounties, heals the disorders of our souls and bodies, do, the same Master, sanctify this Oil, that it may be effectual for those who shall be anointed therewith, unto healing, and unto relief from every passion, every malady of the flesh and of the spirit, and every ill; and that therein may be glorified Your…

The Power of Preparation

On this Holy Tuesday: Let us pray to the Lord. O you who observe all things with your eye that never sleeps, who afford us such saving lessons in your desire to grant mercy to all who seek it: We give thanks to you for raising us from bed and sleep to enjoy the light of another day. Receive this morning worship we offer you as we continue to follow the passion…

Mediocrity Leads to a Dead End

On this Holy Monday: Let us pray to the Lord, O you who observe all things with your eye that never sleeps, who afford us such saving lessons in your desire to grant mercy to all who seek it: We give you thanks for this evening that brings us before you once more. Now that we have completed the lenten season, enable us to enter into the week of the saviour’s passion…

Do You Believe This?

As we stand on the threshold of Holy Week, we come to that saving day of Lazarus. Here is a prayer to begin our journey well: “O Lord, our God: The illness of Lazarus, that man of faith, made Martha and Mary send word to your only Son to come and heal their brother. They believed that if the light of the saviour’s face would but shine on them, their brother would…

Obey and Rest

“Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ So He said, ‘I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will put his…