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Archive for June 14th, 2021

MEDITATION:

Written by Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471), a German-Dutch priest and author of one of the most popular and best known Christian devotional book, “The Imitation of Christ” of which this is an excerpt.

Lord, you know what is most profitable to me; do this or that according to your will. Give me what You will, as much as You will, and when You will. Do with me as You know what is best to be done, as it shall please You, and as it shall be most to Your honor. Put me where You will. I am Your creature, and in Your hands; lead me and turn me where You will. Lo, I am Your servant, ready to do all things that You command, for I do not desire to live to myself, but to You. Would to God that I might live worthily and profitably, and to Your honor.

PRAYER:

An ancient lychnapsia (lamp lighting) prayer, once said by the Orthodox priest silently.

O Lord, compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and plentiful in mercy, attend to the voice of our prayer. Work upon us a sign for the good. Lead us in your way, that we may walk in the truth. Gladden our hearts that we may honor your holy name. For you are great and work wonders. You alone are God and among all the powers there is none like you, our Lord, who is might in mercy, gracious in strength, always ready to aid and to comfort and save those who put their trust in your holy name. And to you are due all glory, honor, and worship. Now and ever to the ages of ages. Amen.

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