Guide my life, calm Haven of the storm-tossed. With your Sovereign Spirit steady my mind, that, guided and guarded each day, I may be able to practice your commandments, always mindful of your glorious presence.
Surround us, O Lord, with the power of your precious and life-giving Cross, and protect us from all evil.
Most of Matthew 22 finds the Jewish authorities barraging Jesus with questions. The chapter ends with Jesus asking a question of his own, one the Jewish leaders are not comfortable answering. Today we look at Matthew 22:35-46.
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A criticism of Eastern Orthodoxy in America has been that it is more focused on ethnic heritage than Christian identity. The understanding that this pitfall is not exclusive to the Orthodox is an important insight for believers everywhere.
You, O God, are the very source of light, and we implore you to count us worthy of delighting in the vision of your inaccessible brilliance.
Christ our God, set our hearts on fire with love, that in its flame we may love you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and that we may love our neighbors as ourselves.
At this very hour, O God, you permit us, sinful as we are, to approach you with our evening hymns of praise and glory. In your love for us, direct our prayers as incense in your sight, and accept them as a delightful fragrance.
Praise and honor, glory and thanksgiving are the blessing we give you, Lord God of our fathers, for having escorted us through the shadows of the night and shown us, once more, the light of day!
By the prayers of the Theotokos and all your saints, Lord, let us pass this night, and indeed the rest of our life, in peace and without sin, to the glory of your name.
Look upon us, Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of your radiance. Perfect what you have begun, and what your Spirit has awakened us to ask for in prayer.