Thursday, September 18, 2003

Prayer against storms
Jesus Christ, a King of Glory, has come in peace. God became Man, and the Word was made flesh. Christ was born of a Virgin. Christ suffered. Christ was crucified. Christ died. Christ rose from the dead. Christ ascended into Heaven. Christ conquers. Christ reigns. Christ orders. May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning. Christ went through their midst in peace, and the Word was made flesh. Christ is with us with Mary. Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root David, has won. Holy God! Holy Powerful God! Holy Immortal God! Have mercy on us. Amen!

This is from the famous Pietà Roman Catholic devotional prayer book for the laity, a little blue paperback apparently chock full of historically dubious and unapproved stuff shading into superstition but this seems orthodox, like the Creed recast with repetition into a good liturgical rhythm - makes it easy to memorize too. And of course it's nice to see a Byzantine Rite standard, the Trisagion/Трисвятое, at the end. (The Roman Rite only uses it once a year, on Good Friday.)

Of your charity pray for the people living on America's Delmarva peninsula and the coasts of the Carolinas today as Hurricane Isabel reaches landfall.

There is a custom of burning blessed candles (from Candlemas, the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, Feb. 2) in a thunderstorm. I have some candles but they're really for show most of the time - I stick to burning one лампада (oil-burning lamp) in front of most of my icons.

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