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Akathist of Thanksgiving: Glory to God for All Things

Icon of the New Martyrs of Russia (Glory to God for All Things!)It has been said that it is a good practice to read this akathist in its entirety in one sitting at least once, and then to read some each day during the Nativity Fast. Download a pdf version here.

The Akathist Hymn: “Glory to God for All Things”

By Metropolitan Tryphon of Turkestan (+1934)

Found in the effects of Hieromartyr Gregory Grigori Petroff (+1942)

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Everlasting King, Thy will for our salvation is full of power. Thy right arm controls the whole course of human life. We give Thee thanks for all Thy mercies, seen and unseen. For eternal life, for the heavenly joys of the Kingdom which is to be. Grant mercy to us who (more…)

A word of hope from Fr. Raphael Noica

Allow me to repeat the words: ‘Keep your mind in hell, and despair not’. Father Sophrony, when he heard these words for the first time, he felt that they were divine words, not only for St. Silouan and his own salvation, but for an entire generation, for all the lack of hope that takes shape in a world so full of despair, as he knew it then, after the First World War. I’d like to add these words also: when God says ‘do not despair’, I’ve seen many strain themselves – that they were already so stressed, as in what should I do to not despair so that I don’t make God angry? No, brethren, it’s not about that, God does not forbid lack of hope, but he tells us that…we don’t need to lose hope! We don’t need to despair!

When you can’t take it anymore, when you feel you are going crazy (more…)

The Sign of the Cross during the Creed

These instructions on the appropriate time to make the Sign of the Cross during the Nicene Creed come from the Moscow Typicon, and it is Fr. Job’s request that this become standard practice for our parish.

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The sign of the cross is to be made at 1) I believe in One God, the Father Almighty, 2) and in One Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, 3) and in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, and 4) and the life of the age to come.

(+) 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 Son of God, the only begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of 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 on 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 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.

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 age to come. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom on Prayers

Excerpt from These Truths We Hold

In his earthly ministry, St. John Chrysostom was well known as a superb homilist and for his efforts received the well-deserved title Golden-mouth. In his sermons, St. John was especially concerned for the spiritual and moral development of his flock and, as a result, he was especially interested in teaching them how to pray. As trees cannot live without water, so man’s soul cannot live without prayerful contact with God, he taught. If you deprive yourself of prayer, you will do as though you had taken a fish out of water: as life is water for a fish, so is prayer for you.

To live in God means that one must always and everywhere be with God, and without prayer, such a union is impossible. Therefore the Holy Father, St. John, did not limit conversation with God (more…)