"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

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our holy fathers have renounced all other spiritual work and concentrated wholly on this one doing, that is, on guarding the heart, convinced that, through this practice, they would easily attain every other virtue, whereas without it not a single virtue can be firmly established.

St. Symeon the New Theologian