Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is the Proistamenos of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Fr. contributes the Prayer Team Ministry, a daily reflection, which began in February 2015, has produced two books, “Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany”: “https://amzn.to/2t1rXwh and “The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection.” https://amzn.to/2WAcfG0
To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. I Timothy 1:17
Good morning Prayer Team!
For to You belongs all glory, honor, and worship to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Every set of petitions concludes with what we call in Greek, an “ekphonesis,” which is a statement which gives glory to God. So, now that we have completed the “Great Litany,” making our many petitions to God for His help and mercy, we conclude the Litany by giving glory to God—specifically Glory, Honor and Worship.
Is what I am doing glorifying God? Is what I am doing going to honor God? This is a great measure by which to make decisions. If I am doing something that is going to dishonor the name of God, then I should not continue with that.
Glory is something that exalts the name of God, so that people hear the name of God and they think thoughts that are positive—God is Almighty, Good, benevolent, merciful.
Honor is something that is noble—honor is giving, looks out for the benefit of others.
Worship is an attribute that should be given only to God. We give compliments to one another, we thank one another, we praise, in the sense of offering profound thanks to others, but worship belongs to God alone.
There are silent prayers that are offered throughout the Liturgy by the priest. For today’s prayer, I am adapting a portion of the silent prayer offered at this part of liturgy in a way that can be offered as personal to you, outside of the context of the Divine Liturgy.
Lord, our God, whose power is beyond compare, and glory is beyond understanding; whose mercy is boundless and love for us in ineffable; look upon me in Your compassion. Grant to me and those who are dear to me, my family, my friends, to receive Your abundant mercy. For to You belongs all glory, honor and worship, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Have a great day!
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