"I’m going to pray"

Rabweh | 21/11/2015                

Thus sang Fairuz, our ambassador to heaven! In many of her songs Fairuz sings about Jerusalem, and faced with the complex conundrum of peace for Jerusalem, she finally declares, “I’m going to pray!” The solution is found in prayer.

Today we offer congratulations to “prayerful” Fairuz on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. Today on Independence Day, when Lebanon faces one crisis after another and the Arab world too faces the most severe crises of its history, let us recall Fairuz and learn from prayerful Fairuz to resort to prayer on Sunday, the Lord’s day, for security, peace and Lebanese independence, so that Lebanon may learn how to keep Lebanon’s Cedar bright!

I offer my congratulations for Independence Day and say to the Lebanese people, I’m going to pray for love, solidarity, harmony, sincerity, honesty, unity and union: this is the salvation of Lebanon! This is road map for Lebanon, “the message”! And all good wishes to you, my beloved Lebanese people, on this anniversary.

With my love and blessing
   Gregorios III+
 
Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
of Alexandria and of Jerusalem


Teachings of Christ

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.


E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"