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.”
Amen

(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.)

Prayer for Sunday (All Saints)

Today is All Saints day in the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions.

Wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving.
~ Kahil Gibran

We bless Thee, O most high God and Lord of mercy, Who art ever doing numberless great and inscrutable things with us, glorious and wonderful; Who grantest to us sleep for rest from our infirmities, and repose from the burdens of our much toiling flesh. We thank Thee that Thou hast not destroyed us with our sins, but hast loved us as ever, and though we are sunk in despair, Thou hast raised us up to glorify Thy power. Therefore we implore Thy incomparable goodness, enlighten the eyes of our understanding and raise up our mind from the heavy sleep of indolence; open our mouth and fill it with Thy praise, that we may be able undistracted to sing and confess Thee, Who art God glorified in all and by all, the eternal Father, with Thy only-begotten Son, and Thy all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

(St. Basil the Great, Source: Myriobiblos – e-Library of the Church of Greece)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I can accomplish anything I set my mind on.”

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

Prayer for Thursday (Ascension Day – Orthodox)

Today is Ascension Day in the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions.

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light,
so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
~ Meister Eckhart

Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your servant who has fallen asleep, in Your Kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering. In Your goodness and love for all men, pardon all the sins he (she) has committed in thought word or deed, for there is no man or woman who lives and sins not, You only are without sin.
For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and Repose of Your servant, departed this life, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up glory with Your Eternal Father and Your All-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit; both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

(Eastern Orthodox Prayer for the Dead)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Pascha)

Today is Pascha, or Easter Sunday, in the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions.

Beauty is the gift of God.
~ Aristotle (384-322 BC)

O Thou, the true light, that enlightens every man that comes into the world, Thou hast come into the world through Thy love for mankind. All creation has rejoiced for Thy coming. Thou hast saved our forefather Adam from the beguiling and delivered our foremother Eve from the pangs of death. Thou hast given us the spirit of adoption, we praise Thee, we bless Thee Saying:

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

When the morning watch dawned upon us, O Christ our God, the True light, let the enlightened senses and thoughts shine within us and let not the darkness of pains overcome us. That we may praise Thee reasonably with David, saying: “My eyes have awaken before the morning watch, that I may meditate on Thy sayings.” Hear our cries according to Thy great mercy and save us, O Lord our God through Thy loving kindness.

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

(from the liturgy for Prime in The Coptic Orthodox Book Of Hours)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My life is filled with awesome beauty and awesome joy.”

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

Prayer for Friday (Holy Friday)

Today is Holy Friday for Eastern Orthodox Christians.

“He who lives in harmony with himself
lives in harmony with the universe.”
- Marcus Aurelius

Into Thy hands, O Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, I commend my spirit.
Bless me, save me and grant unto me everlasting life.
Amen.

(traditional Orthodox evening prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am filled with overflowing gratitude
for all the abundance and miracles in my life.”

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