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. The Prayer Team now has its own dedicated website! Fr. Stavros 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
Saturday, October 24
For Yours is the dominion, and Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.
Good morning Prayer Team!
We each spend a lot of time concerned about our “dominion, kingdom, power and glory.” Think about how much effort we spend to own a home—40% plus of our income goes to maintaining a place to live. That is 800+ hours a year spent worrying about paying for our territory. Then there is the time spent maintaining our territory—cleaning, lawn mowing, and regular maintenance. Then there is the major maintenance—just this week we had to replace a pool pump for several hundred dollars.
Then there is power—most of us spend time, effort and worry, trying to solidify our place in the work-force. We work for advancement, but not only we work for it, sometimes we put others down so we can be put up. Sometimes we worry about it, obsess over it, lose sleep over it. Many times we are angry or disappointed that having reached a certain age or years of employment that we don’t have the power we think is our due.
And what about glory—we all like hearing our name called for something good, we all like recognition.
This “ekphonesis” (ending phrase of a litany) of a small litany that merely prayed for peace, reminds us that if we want the peace of God to permeate our lives, it is about giving Him the dominion, power and glory in our lives. It’s about making our lives about HIM, rather than about US. That’s why the phrase YOURS is used twice, “for YOURS is the dominion, and YOURS is the kingdom and the power and the glory.” And these things belong to the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And they belong to the Holy Trinity not only forever, but NOW as well.
Today’s prayer is an inaudible prayer offered by the priest, prior to the end of this litany. It puts the focus on God, instead of us, and asks the Lord to bless those who bless God with how they live their lives.
Lord our God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance; protect the whole body of Your Church; sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house; glorify them in return by Your divine power; and do not forsake us who hope in You. For Yours is the dominion, and Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
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