O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of your Eternal Father, You said with your most pure lips:
Without me you can do nothing. O Lord, my Lord, with faith I embrace in my heart and soul
the words you have spoken. Help me a sinner, to accomplish the task that I begin for your sake
in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirt. Amen
-Eastern Orthodox prayer before beginning any action
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
You O God save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Jesus forgive me my sin and set me free from all evil passions, heal my heart of all disordered affections; that, I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, and steady to persevere.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
In all my prayers for others, I always pray with Joy.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
~The Common Doxology (1674)
Go, sent by the Father into the world to love & serve in the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit
photo 1 Taken in Meteora, Greece 'Greek Orthodox Monastery
photo 2 Taken in Meteora, Greece 'Valley of Monasteries'