Saturday, March 19, 2005

On the second anniversary of the US aggression in Iraq
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And on that note some prayers last night from the Orthodox tradition:

Verse: For with the Lord there is mercy: and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel: from all his sins.

Martyr Theodore, with the God-given grace of your miracles you enfold all who come to you in faith. By that grace we praise you, saying: You free captives, you heal the sick, you enrich the poor and rescue those at sea. You restrain your petitioners from running away in vain, and make clear the injury done to those who are plundered, O Champion. Thus you train soldiers to abstain from pillage; compassionately you grant the petitions of the young; you become a fervent protector of those who hold your sacred memorial. With them, most holy Champion, number us who hymn your martyrdom in asking of Christ His great mercy.

Verse: O praise the Lord, all ye heathen: praise him all ye nations.

You proved yourself God’s supreme gift, Martyr Theodore; for even after the end, as if still alive, you grant the askings of those who come to you. Thus, when a woman's son was captured at spear’s point by a pagan army, the widow stood drenching your Church with her tears, while you, mounting a white horse in your pity, presented her invisibly with her son, never ceasing afterward to work miracles with him. But entreat Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

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