Monthly Archives: December 2015

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

The Trisagion Prayer
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, come and abide in us, cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Gracious Lord.

Prayers to Mother Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

In giving birth you retained your virginity, and in dormition you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.  You were translated unto life, being the Mother of Life, and thus by virtue of your intercessions, you deliver our souls from death.

Another Good Prayer
O Christ our God, who at all times and in every hour, in heaven and on earth, are worshipped and glorified, who are long-suffering, merciful, and compassionate, who love the just and show mercy upon the sinner, who call all to salvation through the promise of blessings to come.  O Lord, in this hour receive our supplications, and direct our lives according to your commandments.  Sanctify our souls, hallow our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our minds, deliver us from all tribulation, evil, and distress.  Encompass us with your holy angels, that guided and guarded by them, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of your unapproachable glory, for you are blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen.

The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.  And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, through whom all things were made.

Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.  And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father.  And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.  I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.  I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was born in the third century AD and lived during the reign of Emperor Constantine of Rome, or Saint Constantine the Great as he is known in the church.  When Nicholas was a young man he made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem intending to live a solitary life of prayer, however he returned to Myra (a town in what is now the nation of Turkey), where he was ordained bishop.  Through his charitable work for those in need, for the Church, and for the Gospel of Christ, Saint Nicholas became well-known and beloved among the faithful of that time.  He attended the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD in Nicaea, where he rebuked Arius for blasphemy, and where the Nicene Creed was adopted, which begins “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth…”

The legend of Santa Claus evolved from Saint Nicholas’s practice of giving anonymous gifts to people, sometimes dropping gold coins in the shoes left out for him, and on a few occasions tossing bags of gold coins into the open windows of houses when families needed financial help.  One story tells of him dropping a bag of gold down the chimney of a home in order to evade the praise of the home’s owner, so that their gratitude for the good deed would go to God instead.

The Eastern Orthodox Church reveres Saint Nicholas as the patron of travelers, repentant thieves, and those who’ve been falsely accused, among others.  His feast day is celebrated every year on December 6th.  Thank you, Saint Nick.

Christian Literature by Robert Lampros

 

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Fits of Tranquility is a book of poetry and prose about hope, healing, perseverance, and joy, as well as faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and falling in love.

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Illuminating Sidewalks is a collection of poems and essays about love, community, history, and faith in Jesus Christ.

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Om-Bork is the story of a young man who meets an alien and learns about faith, prayer, and the Gospel of Christ.

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Afternoon is a novella for young adults about courage, faith in Jesus Christ, and growing up in a surreal and challenging world.

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Last Year’s Resolution is a novel about Edmund Stovender, a famous author who falls in love with Marie, a journalist who calls him for an interview just before the performance of his hit play.  Their lives accelerate through an epic adventure testing their faith, strength, and love for each other, as they discover that their story might pivotally influence the fate of the world.

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