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.)

Prayer for Saturday

Having risen from sleep, I hasten to Thee, O Master, Lover of mankind, and by Thy loving-kindness, I strive to do Thy work, and I pray to Thee: Help me at all times, in everything, and deliver me from every worldly, evil thing and every impulse of the devil, and save me and lead me into Thine eternal kingdom. For Thou art my Creator, and the Giver and Provider of everything good, and in Thee is all my hope, and unto Thee do I send up glory, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

(Lenten morning prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a source of love and inspiration for my family and friends.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Mothering Sunday)

Today is Mothering Sunday, a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent.

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest,
and let these gifts to us be blessed.

(attributed to Martin Luther, 16th century)
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The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise Him; their hearts shall live forever!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy! (3 times)

O Christ God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for Thou art holy, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Orthodox Christian blessing before supper)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I eat only that which my body requires.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Orthodox Sunday)

Today is Orthodox Sunday, or the First Sunday in Great Lent, in the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions.

Troparion – Tone 2
We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One,
and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God.
Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh
to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy.
Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You:
You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,
by coming to save the world.

Kontakion – Tone 8
No one could describe the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described,
and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images.

(from the Triodion; Source: Orthodox Church in America)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Forgiving makes me feel light and free.”

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