Blessed be the Name of the Lord

Blessed be the Name of the Lord

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore!  Psalm 113:2   Good morning Prayer Team! Blessed is the name of the Lord, both now and to the ages. Today’s reflection is yet another example of a hymn that is borrowed directly from the Scriptures,...

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For Every Good and Perfect Gift is From Above

For Every Good and Perfect Gift is From Above

O save Thy people, and bless Thy heritage; be Thou their shepherd, and carry them forever.  Psalm 28:9 O Lord, I love the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwells.  Psalm 26:8 Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from Above, coming down from the...

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We Begin and End in the Same Way

We Begin and End in the Same Way

Peace I leave with you;  My peace I give to you.  John 14:27   Good morning Prayer Team! Let us depart in peace.  Let us pray to the Lord. The journey of the Divine Liturgy is about to come to a close.  Only two prayers remain.  As we are about...

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The Need for Sanctification

The Need for Sanctification

I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations.  For just as you once yielded up your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.  When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. ...

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The Holy Oblation

The Holy Oblation

This is the main prayer of the Divine Liturgy, at which the blessing of the Precious Gifts and their sacramental transformation into the Body and Blood of Christ takes place. In other words, it’s the most sacred point of the service of the Divine Liturgy. It begins with the words...

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Christmas, Martyrdom and Liturgy

Christmas, Martyrdom and Liturgy

The relationship between Christmas, Martyrdom, and Liturgy might seem as a stretch at first, but in light of the recent bombing at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo, one may begin to draw a connection between the icon of the Feast Day and martyrdom. In the Christmas icon, the iconographer has...

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Thanksgiving Prayers for the Divine Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Prayers for the Divine Thanksgiving

Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!  II Corinthians 9:15   Good morning Prayer Team! We thank You, loving Master, benefactor of our souls, that on this day You have made us worthy once again of Your heavenly and immortal Mysteries.  Direct our ways in the right path, establish...

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Let’s Go Do It!

Let’s Go Do It!

Then Jesus’ mother and His brothers came to Him, but they could not reach Him for the crowd.  And He was told “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”  But He said to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word...

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Protecting Our Effort to Grow Spiritually

Protecting Our Effort to Grow Spiritually

Do, Thou, O Lord, protect us, guide us ever from this generation.  Psalm 12:7   Good morning Prayer Team! Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace. If you did/do as I suggested in the last reflection and fill in the blank...

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I Am With You Always

I Am With You Always

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw Him they worshipped Him; but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make...

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