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An Ikon of the Raising of Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus Saturday is April 19th this year.


If we live as people of God, there will be room for all nations in the Balkans and in the world. If we liken ourselves to Cain who killed his brother Abel, then the entire earth will be too small even for two people. The Lord Jesus Christ teaches us to be always children of God and love one another. We should remember the words of St. Paul: "If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men."
Patriarch Pavle of the Serbian Orthodox Church


I prefer the New English Bible for my Bible reading.  It is now out of print, like so many good books.  For a Bible that is almost as good, that is available today check out the New English Translation.



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A Prayer Service for Peace

For an in depth view of peace from an Orthodox Christian point of view, visit the ORTHODOX PEACE FELLOWSHIP.

Lord Almighty,
God of our fathers,
     of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
     and of their righteous offspring;
who hast made heaven and earth in their manifold array;
who hast confined the ocean by thy word of command,
who hast shut up the abyss and sealed it with thy fearful and glorious name;
all things tremble and quake in the face of thy power.
For the majesty of thy glory is more than man can bear,
and none can endure thy menacing wrath against sinners;
the mercy in thy promise is beyond measure:  none can fathom it.
For thou art Lord Most High,
compassionate, patient, and of great mercy,
relenting when men suffer for their sins.
For out of thy great goodness thou, O God,
hast promised repentance and remission to those who sin against thee,
and in thy boundless mercy thou hast appointed repentance for sinners as the way to salvation.
So thou, Lord God of the righteous,
didst not appoint repentance for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
who were righteous and did not against thee,
but for me, a sinner,
whose sins are more in number than the sands of the sea.
My transgressions abound, O Lord, my transgressions abound,
and I am not worthy to look up and gaze at the height of heaven
because of the number of my wrongdoings.
Bowed down with a heavy chain of iron,
I grieve over my sins and find no relief,
because I have provoked thy anger
and done what is evil in thine eyes,
setting up idols and so piling sin on sin.
Now I humble my heart, imploring thy great goodness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned
and I acknowledge my transgressions.
I pray and beseech thee,
spare me, O Lord, spare me,
destroy me not with my transgressions on my head,
do not be angry with me for ever, nor store up evil for me.
Do not condemn me to the grave,
for thou, Lord, art the God of the penitent.
Thou wilt show thy goodness towards me,
for unworthy as I am thou wilt save me in thy great mercy;
and so I shall praise thee continually all the days of my life.
For all the host of heaven sings thy praise,
and thy glory is for ever and ever.  Amen.

09 May, 2003 13:49:18 -0700