On The Lord's Prayer A)

St. Nikolai  
When the clouds are thundering and the oceans roaring, they call to Thee: “Our Lord!”
When the meteors fall, and fire springs up from the earth, they speak to Thee: “Our Creator!”
When the flowers are opening their buds in the spring, and the swallows are picking up pieces of dry hay with which to make their nests for their young, they sing to Thee: “Our Master!”
And when I life my eyes up to Thy throne I am whispering to Thee: “Our Father!”
There was a time, a long and fearful time, when man too spake to Thee and called Thee: Lord, or Creator, or Master! Yea, when man felt himself to be only a thing among things. But now by merit of Thy First-born and Best Son, we learned Thy right name. Therefore, I too, with Christ, dare to call Thee: “Father!”
If I address Thee as “Lord,” I bow in fear before Thee as a slave amongst an army of slaves. If I call Thee “Creator,” I separate myself from Thee, as night is apart from day, or as a leaf from its tree.
If I look to Thee and say “Master,” I am as a stone among stones, and as a camel among camels.
But if I open my mouth and whisper “Father,” love takes the place of fear, earth seems lifted nearer to Heaven, and I walk with Thee, as with my companions in the garden of this world, and share Thy glory, and sorrows, and strength.
Our Father! Thou art the Father of us all, and I would lessen both Thee and me if I call Thee: My Father!
Our Father! Thou dost not care so much about me, a single individual, as about the whole world. Thy Kingdom is Thy aim, and not a single man. Selfishness cries to Thee: My Father! But Love cries: Our Father!
In the name of all men, my brothers, I pray: Our Father!
In the name of things which surround me and with which Thou hast woven me, I pray to Thee, Our Father!
I pray to Thee, Father of the universe, for one thing only I pray to Thee: let soon dawn the great day when all men, the living and the dead, in harmony with the Angels and stars, and the animals and things, call to Thee by Thy true name: Our Father!


How precious is this?

The photographer caught this special moment, what a privilege to see.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. it's about learning to dance in the rain" There is absolutely nothing to fear about tomorrow; for God is already there...God's Blessing to all.


Holy and Glorious Prophet Zacharias, Father of St John the Baptist (5 September)

Much of his story is told in the first chapter of Luke's Gospel.

'After the birth of Christ, Zacharias plainly declared the virginity of Mary and showed her truly to be the Mother of God; for he appointed her a place in that part of the Temple reserved for the virgins and so brought upon himself the hatred of the priests and levites.
'When John was six months old, Zacharias hid him and his mother in a cave beyond the Jordan because King Herod, hearing of the birth in Bethlehem of the king of the Jews and fearing a rival of his own worldly power, sent soldiers to kill all the male children of Bethlehem. His enemies seized this opportunity to denounce Zacharias to Herod, who had him pursued and put to death within the precinct of the Temple, at the very place the Mother of God abode for a witness to her virginity.
As the Prophet's blood flowed within the sanctuary, it signified the withdrawing of the divine Presence. Priests came to take up his body and they buried him with his fathers. From that moment signs and prodigies occurred in the Temple, indicating that the rites of the Law would soon be abolished. No longer would the priests behold the angels of God, or have the grace of prophecy; no longer would they be able to deliver oracles or enlighten the people upon the dark places of holy Scripture, as they had been wont to do.'


Daily readings from scriptures September 2011

1 1Ti 2:17 Lk 4:1622
2 2Co 7:1016 Mk 2:1822
3 1Co 1:262:5 Mk 20:2934
4 1Co 15:111 Mt 19:1626
5 2Co 8:715 Mk 3:612
6 Heb 2:210 Lk 10:1621
7 2Co 9:1210:7 Mk 3:2027
8 Gen 28:1017; Ezek 43:2744:4; Prov 9:111
Php 2:5
11 Lk 10:3842;11:2728
9 Gal 4:2227 Lk 8:1621
10 1Co 2:619 Mt 10:3711:1
11 Gal 6:1118 Jn 3:1317
12 2Co 12:1019 Jn 11:4754
13 Heb 3:14 Jn 12:2536
14 Exod 15:2216:1; Prov 3:1118; Isa 60:1116
1Co 1:1824 Jn 19:611,1320,2528,3035
15 Col 1:242:1 Mt 10:1622
16 2Co 6:110 Lk 7:3650
17 1Co 1:262:5 Jn 8:2130
18 Gal 2:1620 Mk 8:349:1
19 Gal 2:1116 Lk 3:1922
20 Eph 6:1017 Lk 21:1219
21 Gal 3:1522 Lk 4:115
22 Gal 3:234:5 Lk 4:1622
23 Gal 4:2227 Lk 1:525
24 2Ti 3:1015 Lk 5:1216
25 2Co 4:615 Lk 5:111
26 1Jn 4:1219 Jn 19:2527;21:2425
27 Gal 5:1121 Lk 5:1216
28 2Co 4:615 Lk 6:1723
29 Eph 1:19 Lk 6:1219
30 1Co 16:1324 Mt 24:4247


Orthodox Sacred Lessons - September 2011

Orthodox Sacred Lessons - September 2011