Lord Have Mercy

Lord Have Mercy

The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried out the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” Matthew 20:31 We have already discussed that the Biblical Greek word for “oil” is “eleon.” This is closely related to the word for “mercy” which is “eleos.” There is...

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Psalm 50/51

Psalm 50/51

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. (Psalm 50/51: 17) We have already mentioned the story of David anointed king by the Prophet Samuel. David was divinely called to be king. He didn’t become king through conquest, but through...

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Psalm 143

Psalm 143

Teach me the way I should go, for to Thee I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8 There are two Psalms that are read in the early part of the sacrament of Holy Unction. These Psalms are also my personal go-to Psalms. They are both read at every Orthros, Paraklesis, Salutations to...

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 5:11 Last week, on February 23, the Prayer...

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The Story of a Father and His Two Sons

The Story of a Father and His Two Sons

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. The Lord said this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger...

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Your Body is a Temple

Your Body is a Temple

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful...

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A Foundation in Scripture

A Foundation in Scripture

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his...

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Reconciliation, Chosen-ness, Healing

Reconciliation, Chosen-ness, Healing

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers;...

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The Benefit of the Prayers

The Benefit of the Prayers

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Then man prays to God, and He accepts him, he comes into His presence with joy....

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Holy Unction Won’t Necessarily Heal a Broken Leg

Holy Unction Won’t Necessarily Heal a Broken Leg

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Throughout the centuries, the Sacrament of Holy Unction has brought physical healing to many people. Many people...

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The Need for Healing

The Need for Healing

Instead of your shame, you shall have a double portion. Instead of dishonor, you shall rejoice in your lot; therefore, in your land you shall possess a double portion; yours shall be an everlasting joy. Isaiah 61:7 Good morning Prayer Team! This year, Pascha falls on Sunday, May 2. Great Lent begins...

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Humility—Recognizing the Need for God’s Mercy

Humility—Recognizing the Need for God’s Mercy

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a...

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