Glory to You, O Christ… [Kwanzaa]

The African-American festival of Kwanzaa continues today.

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.
~ Caroline Kennedy

Glory to You, O Christ our God, glory to You!

May Christ our True God, whose Nativity we celebrate, through the intercessions of His holy and pure Mother, through the power of the life-giving Cross, through the protection of the Angelic Powers, through the prayers of St. John the Baptist, the supplications of the Holy Apostles, Martyrs, Fathers and Mothers of our Faith, and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us.

(Orthodox Christmas prayer 1)

1 The majority of Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Sunday (Orthodox Palm Sunday)

Today is Palm Sunday for Eastern Orthodox Christians. Its is also the Jewish holy day of Lag B’Omer. The Mayan Rain Festival continues today.

Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
~ James Baldwin

Our Lord and God, make us worthy to set out for your reception on
this your day of entry in to Jerusalem with brighter garments and an inner beauty
and with Holy and pure thoughts. We cry aloud carrying the branches of glory
“Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord God, Hosanna in the highest.”

(from the Syrian Orthodox Church in Malaysia)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My possibilities are endless.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)


Prayer for Saturday

Man’s greatest blunder has been in trying to make peace with the skies
instead of making peace with his neighbors.
~ Elbert Hubbard

I pray to you, God, for the families of my neighborhood. Visit them. Throw their troubles out of them and bring hope. Make the daily cares that devour the heart disappear. Present solutions to life’s problems. Settle the disturbed relationships among members of different families whom I know or don’t know.

O Lord, remind the people of our area that you exist, that you are a strong and loving Protector. Keep away, Lord, anything that causes the disturbance of peace from souls, and the escape of sleep from our eyes. Stay a little while more tonight in our neighborhood. Spread peace along with the night. Let the harshness of the day and its struggles not spread over the night too, God.

(a prayer by Demetrios, Archbishop of America, Greek Orthodox;
Source: Bob Hostetler’s Prayer Blog)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)