Days to Honor!

Today is the Lord’s Day.  We celebrate with the Divine Liturgy.  We start on Saturday evening with Matins and continue on Sunday morning with our Liturgy.  An excellent day of celebrating; one we as Orthodox Christians must maintain on a daily basis with our Morning and Evening Prayers as well as our prayers throughout the day, to include the Jesus Prayer.

This particular Sunday, we celebrated the life of The Monk Job, Hegumen of Pochaev and WonderworkerSometimes he completely secluded himself within the cave for three days or even a whole week. The Jesus Prayer was an unceasing doing of his gentle heart. According to the testimony of his student and author of the Vita-Life of the Monk Job, Dosithei, once during the time of prayer the cave of the monk was illumined by an heavenly light. The Monk Job reposed in the year 1651, at over age 100, having directed the Pochaev monastery for more than fifty years. On 8 August 1659 occurred the glorification of the Monk Job.

On a national and personal note: We also celebrate the Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  I have been blessed to serve with our Marines several times in the past = a dedicated group of men and women who care!

Established 1775. Happy 238th birthday to the United States Marine Corps! Semper Fidelis!

Since its their birthday, did you know the Marines earned the nickname leathernecks during the Revolutionary War because of their uniforms’ leather collars meant to protect against saber slashes during naval boarding action?  They have been around.

As we look to tomorrow let us not forget the men and women of our Armed Forces who have and continue to serve each one of us, every day of the year.  Thank you to my fellow brothers and sisters who have and are serving for freedom!

To all of our military brothers and sisters, past and present: know that you are never alone.We are one family, and we are strong together.

Father, we thank You for all who have served in the armed forces.

We thank You for the freedom their sacrifice has earned and guarded for us. Help us to prize this freedom and use it well.

We ask You to bless all living veterans in a special way today, as well as the families of all veterans.

Comfort those who grieve for those who gave the last full measure of devotion.

Strengthen those who bear physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds.

Stand with those who provide care to them.

Move us to reach out to brothers and sisters who are veterans, or relatives of veterans, or who currently serve in the military.

We pray for the day when no one needs to serve in the military. Help us to live now in anticipation of that day, as people who long for peace, who pray for peace, and who seek to be peacemakers in this world.

Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Glory to the Father and the to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

Now and ever,

Unto the Ages of Ages, Amen!

 

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About padrerichard

I am a Priest with ROCOR and serve as Rector at St. Joseph of Optina Parish in Virginia Beach, VA
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