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Morning Prayer

Prayer at the Beginning of the Day 

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon Your holy will. In every hour of the day reveal Your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforseen events let me not forget that all are sent by You. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray. Pray You Yourself in me.

Most Holy God, I pray and beseech you, give me a pure heart, a way of speaking that befits the faith I profess. Grant me uprightness of purpose, powers of reasoning unhindered by passions, conduct that becomes those who fear you, and perfect knowledge of your commandments. May I enjoy health in body and in spirit.

Grant me a life of peace, genuine faith and living hope, sincere charity and bountiful generosity, patience that knows no bounds and the light of Your truth to proclaim Your goodness to me, that for ever and in all things placing my trust only in You, I may abound in every good work, and that in Christ Your gifts may increase in every soul.

For to You belong all glory, honor and majesty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Source: http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/morning-prayers

 

Prayers for Family and Friends

A Prayer of Parents for Their Children and for Relatives and Friends 

O God, our heavenly Father, who lovest mankind, and art most merciful and compassionate, have mercy upon thy servants (Name those whom you wish to remember) for whom I humbly pray thee, and commend to thy gracious care and protection. Be thou, O God, their guide and guardian in all their endeavors, lead them in the path of thy truth, and draw them nearer to thee, that they may lead a godly and righteous life in thy love and fear; doing thy will in all things. Give them grace that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption of this life; and direct them in the way of salvation, through the merits of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

source: http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/morning-prayers

 

 

 

A Prayer Before Work

A Prayer Before Commencing Any Task

Almighty God, our Help and Refuge, Fountain of wisdom and Tower of strength, who knowest that I can do nothing without thy guidance and help; assist me, I pray, and direct me to divine wisdom and power, that I may accomplish this task, and whatever I may undertake to do, faithfully and diligently, according to your will, so that it may be profitable to myself and others, and to the glory of thy Holy Name. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Source:  http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/morning-prayers

A Better Resurrection, by Carlos Colón

(for scores, contact me here). This is a very intense, poignant poem. It is my hope that if you have lost a loved one, will immediately find comfort in the intensity and beauty of the words. This was a performance a few years at Baylor University with The Texas Voices, conducted by Alan Dyer. The only accompanying instrument is a cello.  Cellist Chris Martin did a wonderful job at the premier. Text by Christina Rossetti. See below.

 

A Better Resurrection

BY CHRISTINA ROSETTI
I have no wit, no words, no tears;
My heart within me like a stone
Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears;
Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief
No everlasting hills I see;
My life is in the falling leaf:
O Jesus, quicken me.
My life is like a faded leaf,
My harvest dwindled to a husk:
Truly my life is void and brief
And tedious in the barren dusk;
My life is like a frozen thing,
No bud nor greenness can I see:
Yet rise it shall—the sap of Spring;
O Jesus, rise in me.
My life is like a broken bowl,
A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perish’d thing;
Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
O Jesus, drink of me.

Lectures at Bay View Michigan

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Courtesy of Bryce Reed

I will be the featured speaker for the Bay View (MI) Association lecture series. Follow this link to read more.

Sunday Worship – “Beholding God’s Glory” Psalm 8 and the Gospel of John
Lecture Series :
Queja con Alas: A Lament with Wings –  A Refugee Looks at the Psalms of Ascent – Songs from the Latin American Church – Art Music from Latin America

O Gladsome Light – Alegre Luz

From the upcoming new bilingual hymnal “Santo, Santo, Santo” – “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Del próximo himnario bilingüe de GIA.
The text, Phos Hilaron, is a Greek hymn from the third century A.D.
La letra es de un himno griego del siglo tercero D.C. Música: Carlos Colón

Filmed by Matthew Aughtry at Elliston Chapel, Baylor University
Shannon Skillman, Vocalist
Matthew Newhouse, Cello
Michael Huerter, Violin
Carlos Colón, Piano