In the churches bless God the Lord, all you offspring of Israel. God is wonderful in his saints. Blessed be God!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! For His mercy endures forever.
O Good One, you know my poverty and foolishness, my blindness and uselessness, but my soul’s suffering is also before you. Heal me from every hidden wound. Keep me from every impulse unpleasing in your sight and hurtful to my neighbor.
Like the apple of your eye preserve me, O Lord God. Defend me and shelter me from temptations beneath the spread of your wings.
Accept our prayer, our Lord, and grant us yourself. May we live in you, may we possess you instead of all else, for then all is ours.
Eternal King! By the power of your blessing may all that I say and do today be for your glory-with a pure spirit, humility, patience, love, gentleness, peace, courage, wisdom and prayer.
We search for you in prayer, O Lord, for all is comprehended in you. May we be enriched by you, for you are wealth that does not diminish with the changes of time.
Try me, O God, and discern my paths. If there is a way of transgression in me, turn me away from it. And lead me to the eternal way, O God, who said: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.”
In the Orthodox Church the Nativity Fast, known in the West as Advent, begins on November 15. Modeled after Great Lent, this is a 40-day fast in preparation for Christmas, the feast of our Lord’s birth. But there is another theme to this season as well. We not only prepare to celebrate the feast of Christ’s first coming into the word. We also use this time to reflect on our readiness to meet him at his second coming.