Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
In a time where chaos and fear is spreading throughout the world, many are wondering what can be done. We all know that violence begets violence and that Christ has already called us to a better way.
Inspired by the Angels’ cry of “…peace, goodwill towards men.” as they announced Jesus’ birth, and our Lord’s promise of “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…” when He Ascended into Heaven, His Grace Bishop Gregory, Primate of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. and Titular Bishop Of Nyssa has a desire for his flock. He has challenged everyone, old, young and even too young to read, to pray the Prayer of Peace each night during Advent.
Here is the prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, our God, You said to Your disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” We come before You in humility and ask that Your peace which surpasses all understanding will descend upon all people around the world, especially those currently in conflict and at war. Increase understanding and forgiveness between nations. Awaken the longing for a peaceful life in all those who are filled with hatred for their neighbor. Extinguish every dispute and banish all temptations to disagreement. Grant wisdom to civil authorities. Free those held captive, protect those in danger, and comfort those who are suffering and displaced. Implant in all of us reverence for You, and confirm us in love for one another. Make us worthy to celebrate the feast of Your holy nativity and to join with the angels in chanting: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men.” For You are the King of Peace and the Savior of our souls and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your most-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
We know that God hears our prayers. May we be like the Parable of the Persistent Widow as we pray for peace during the Advent season.
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