5. Din Mesajele Dvs. (KOSOVO): “Cuvant bun – La Betleem in noapte”

MESAJUL DUMNEAVOASTRA POATE ADUCE BUCURIE unei familii ortodoxe din enclavele Kosovo… iar unii dintre noi deja au facut acest lucru:

Morning Prayers

Common prayers
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of Life, come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3 times).
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, wash away our sins; O Master, pardon our iniquities; O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy name’s sake.
Lord, have mercy (3 times).
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in the Heavens, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Having risen from sleep, we fall down before Thee, O Good One, and we cry aloud to Thee the angelic hymn, O Mighty One: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God; through the Theotokos, have mercy on us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: From bed and sleep hast Thou raised me up, O Lord; enlighten my mind and heart, and open my lips that I may hymn Thee, O Holy Trinity: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God; through the Theotokos, have mercy on us.
Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Suddenly the Judge shall come, and the deeds of each shall be laid bare; but with fear do we cry at midnight: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God; through the Theotokos, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy (12 times).

Prayer 1
As I rise from sleep, I thank Thee, O Holy Trinity, for through Thy great goodness and patience Thou hast not been angry with me, an idler and sinner, nor hast Thou destroyed me with mine iniquities, but hast shown Thy usual love for mankind; and when I was prostrate in despair, Thou hast raised me up to keep the morning watch and glorify Thy power. Enlighten also my spiritual eyes, and open my mouth that I may meditate on Thy words, and understand Thy commandments, and do Thy will, and hymn Thee with a thankful heart, and sing praises to Thine all-holy name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer 2
O God, cleanse me, a sinner, for I have never done anything good in Thy sight; but deliver me from the evil one, and let Thy will be in me, that I may open mine unworthy mouth without condemnation, and praise Thy holy Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer 3
Having risen from sleep, I hasten to Thee, O Master, Lover of mankind, and by Thy loving-kindness, I strive to do Thy work, and I pray to Thee: Help me at all times, in everything, and deliver me from every worldly, evil thing and every impulse of the devil, and save me and lead me into Thine eternal kingdom. For Thou art my Creator, and the Giver and Provider of everything good, and in Thee is all my hope, and unto Thee do I send up glory, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer 4
O Lord, Who in Thine abundant goodness and Thy great compassion hast granted me, Thy servant, to go through the time of the night that is past without attack from any evil of the enemy. Grand also, O Master and Creator of all things, that I might accomplish Thy will in Thy true light and with an illuminated heart, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer 5
Almighty Lord, God of the Powers and of all flesh, Who livest in the highest and carest for the humble, Who searchest our hearts and affections, and clearly foreknowest the secrets of men; eternal and ever-living Light, in Whom is no change nor shadow of variation; O Immortal King, receive our prayers which at the present time we offer to Thee from unclean lips, trusting in the multitude of Thy mercies. Forgive all sins committed by us in thought, word or deed, consciously or unconsciously, and cleanse us from all defilement of flesh and spirit.
Grant us to pass the night of the whole present life with watchful heart and sober mind, awaiting the coming of the radiant day of the appearing of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, when the Judge of all will come with glory to render to each according to their deeds. May we not be found fallen and idle, but awake and alert for action, ready to accompany Him into the joy and bridal chamber of His glory, where the voice of those who feast is unceasing and indescribable is the delight of those who behold the inexpressible beauty of Thy countenance. For Thou art the true Light that enlightens and sanctifies all, and all creation sings hymns Thee unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer 6
My most merciful and all-merciful God, Lord Jesus Christ! In Thy great love Thou didst come down and become flesh in order to save all. Therefore I pray, save me by Thy grace! If Thou shouldst save me because of my deeds, it would not be a gift, but rather a duty. But Thou, my Christ, abundant in compassion and art inexpressible in mercy, hast said: "He who believes in Me shall live and never see death." Thus, if faith in Thee saves the desperate: Save me also, for I believe that Thou art my God and Creator.

May my faith replace my deeds, O my God, for Thou wilt find no deeds to justify me. But may my faith be sufficient for all: may it answer for me; may it justify me; may it make me a partaker of Thine eternal glory. And may Satan not seize me, O Word, and boast that he has torn me from Thy hand and fold. Save me, O Christ, whether I want it or not, for Thou art my God from my mother’s womb. Come quickly to help me, for I perish.
Grant, O Lord, that I may now love Thee as once I loved sin itself, and that I may labor for Thee without laziness as once I labored for Satan the deceiver. Even more I will labor for Thee, my Lord and God, Jesus Christ, all the days of my life, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Guardian Angel
O Angel of God, my Holy Guardian, given to me from heaven by God for my protection, enlighten me this day, and save me from all evil, instruct me in doing good deeds, and set me on the path of salvation. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Theotokos
O my most holy Lady Theotokos, through thy holy and all-powerful prayers banish from me, thy lowly and wretched servant, despondency, forgetfulness, folly, carelessness, and all filthy, evil, and blasphemous thoughts from my wretched heart and my darkened mind. Quench the flame of my passions also, for I am poor and wretched, and deliver me from many and cruel memories and deeds, and free me from all their evil effects. For blessed art thou by all generations, and glorified is thy most honourable name unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayerful Invocation to Our Saint
Pray unto God for me O holy God-pleaser, N, for I fervently flee unto thee, the speedy helper and intercessor for my soul.
Here add some prayers for your relatives and friends, those alive and those who passed away.
It is truly meet to bless thee, the Theotokos, ever-blessed and most blameless and Mother of our God. More honourable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

A Prayer of the Optina Elders
O Lord, grant me strength to meet with serenity everything forthcoming today. Grant me to submit completely to Thy holy will. At every hour of this day guide and support me in all things. Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of this day, teach me to accept it with calmness and the conviction that all is subject to Thy holy will.
In all my words and actions direct my thoughts and feelings. In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down by Thee. Teach me to deal straightforwardly and wisely with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.
O Lord, grant me strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive and to love. Amen.

(Valentina Dragomir – Leonardo Grillo)

Lacasuri Ortodoxe, in limita spatiului disponibil si bineinteles a timpului, va continua sa publice unele dintre mesajele Dvs. trimise in cadrul acestui program. Cele trimise la rubrica de comentarii, vor aparea automat postate pe paginile site-ului. Multumim tuturor!

REAMINTIM (dati informatii despre program si altora!):

"Vreau ca oamenii sa cunoasca realitatea de fiecare zi a copiilor din Kosovo, care merg la scoala sub escorta armata", spunea PS Irinej Episcop al Bisericii Ortodoxe Sarbe In SUA (In urma cu 2 zile – 26 noiembrie 2008), adaugand: "Noi trebuie sa fim ca o raza de speranta pentru acei copii…"

Lacasuri Ortodoxe a luat deci, initiativa acestui program – „Cuvant bun – Impreuna spre Betleem" – lansand o invitatie catre toti cei ce doresc sa-si sporeasca fapta buna In acest post:

Va rugam sa ne ajutati In transmiterea unui mesaj de sustinere frateasca, In spiritul dreptatii, pacii si securitatii, odata cu Sfanta Nastere din Betleem. Suntem siguri ca renuntarea la speranta trebuie sa fie Inlocuita de gasirea unor mijloace non-violente de proclamare a drepturilor, pentru un viitor pasnic si echitabil.

Daca ne ajutati, vom putea trimite cat mai multe mesaje de Incurajare scrise, rugaciuni (sa nu uitam ca multe dintre cartile bisericesti au fost distruse odata cu cladirile) si „o vorba buna" asa cum simtim noi, familiilor care traiesc In enclavele izolate din Kosovo.

Persoanele fizice (si vom Incerca sa le clasificam pe trei grupe de varsta, pentru ca mesajele sa ajunga exact la cei ce se pot bucura de ele), alti administratori de site-uri, unitatile de invatamant (unde profesorii sau elevii pot aduna astfel de mesaje), comunitatile, bisericile, organizatiile si partenerii din Intreaga lume sunt invitati sa ne ajute in promovarea actiunii si sa trimita cat mai multe mesaje catre Lacasuri Ortodoxe, pentru Craciunul din 2008, pe urmatoarele cai:

– e-mail: cuvantbun@lacasuriortodoxe.ro (In cazul In care alegeti sa nu fie publicate pe site, ci doar trimise),

ca si comentariu, dand click aici, sau in josul acestui articol (apoi, mesajul va aparea postat imediat in rubrica de comentarii, pe site, de unde noi il vom prelua)

– sau prin fax 021.352.85.62 (fiind o varianta mai la Indemana decat posta, ramas in permanenta pe autoresponder).

Apoi, rugaciunile vor fi trimise si tiparite (dupa caz) ca mesaje personale, catre familii sau chiar ca materiale didactice (catre scoli), prin asociatiile Bisericii Ortodoxe din Serbia sau prin alte programe, In perioada 25 decembrie 2008 (stil nou) – 7 ianuarie 2009 (stil vechi), deci trebuie sa ne grabim putin. Mesajele ar putea include, de asemenea, sugestii pentru diferite actiuni non-violente. Este obligatoriu sa semnati mesajul folosind numele dumneavoastra sau orice alt mijloc de identificare atat pentru veridicitatea mesajului cat si pentru identificare in cazul unui raspuns ce poate veni din partea familiilor sarbe.

Transmiterea unei rugaciuni, asa cum o simtiti Dvs., sau a unui mesaj prin e-mail, este o modalitate eficienta de comunicare cu mai multe persoane care asteapta de mult timp mesajul dumneavoastra de speranta. Este o mare bucurie pentru oamenii din aceste enclave sa primeasca astfel de mesaje personale si rugaciuni din afara regiunii In care vietuiesc, semne de Incurajare si de speranta, mai ales In perioada Craciunului, pentru a-i ajuta sa iasa din "izolarea In care se afla".

Desi engleza ar fi limba preferata, cei pentru care aceasta nu e este chiar o limba la Indemana, pot scrie In limba romana.

In cazul in care cineva dintre vizitatorii Lacasuri Ortodoxe se ofera sa dea o mana de ajutor la traducerea mesajelor in limba engleza sau sarba (pe care le gaseste in rubrica de comentarii), o poate face, trimitandu-ne varianta de traducere (eventual sumara, ca rezumat) pe adresa mail: translate@lacasuriortodoxe.ro .

Multumim tuturor si ne dorim ca totul sa fie facut „In numele Tatalui, al Fiului si al Sfantului Duh!"

Proiectul este initiat de Lacasuri Ortodoxe si se va derula sub binecuvantarea Pr. Protos. Staret Iov (Manastirea Halmyris, Murighiol-Tulcea). Ca imn" al acestei actiuni, Lacasuri Ortodoxe a primit, prin subscrierea la proiect din start a Pr. profesor Constantin Dragusin, o compozitie proprie a Sfintiei Sale, incantatoare, ce poarta exact numele proiectului – "La Betleem in noapte" – in interpretarea coralei Nicolae Lungu, a carui dirijor este, in cadrul Patriarhiei Romane (imnul insoteste acest mesaj). KSLCatalin

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