Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Prayer for Cancer Patients

Icon of the Theotokos "Pantanassa" ("Queen of All"), also known as "The Healer of Cancer" (source)
  
An Orthodox Prayer for Cancer Patients,
from the Cell of Elder Gabriel the Athonite,
Approved by the Orthodox Church of Greece
  
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who rules over the spirits of affliction and health for those who call upon You with fervor of heart, and who with faith in You have emptied themselves, hearken to us sinners, along with those afflicted with the dangerous illness of cancer, and who have been seized from among us, and who persist in longstanding and painful illness, our fathers, brethren and children, full of deep sorrows and pains, and who, unable to flee from their death, entreat everyone [to pray for them]. O Lord, through Your illumining and sanctifying Spirit, guide in medical science those who are seeking to discover and use the good medicine and revealing therapy. Grant strength to those who are suffering, and patience and relief from their pains, bestowing on them every healing of soul and body, through the intercessions of our Most-blessed Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, the Life-giving Spring, whose waters in the queen of cities [Constantinople] healed the passion of cancer, of our Father among the Saints Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsakos, of the holy, glorious and wonderworking Unmercenaries, of the holy, glorious Great Martyr Panteleimon, [of St. Nektarios of Pentapolis, or other Saints desired to be commemorated, etc.] and of all Your Saints. Amen.
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St. Parthenios of Lampsakos, among the Saints whose prayers especially help cancer patients (source)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

"When the thrones are set up, and the books are opened..."

Icon of the Second Coming of Christ and the Last Judgment (source)
  
When the thrones are set up, and the books are opened, and God comes to sit in judgment, O, what fear will be then! Angels stand around in fear, and the river of fire is drawn. O, what will we guilty people do then, who are in many sins? When we hear the calling of the blessed from the Father unto the Kingdom, the sinners will be sent unto perdition, and who will endure that terrible sentence? But You, O only Savior Who loves mankind, the King of the ages, before I reach my end, turn me back through repentance, and have mercy on me.


Having come to know the commandments of the Lord, let us do them. Let us feed the hungry, let us give drink to the thirsty, let us clothe the naked, let us enter in to the houses of the sick and visit those in prison, that He might say to us, when He comes to judge the whole earth: Come, the blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom that has been prepared for you.
-Idiomela from the Sunday of the Last Judgment
  
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Jesus Christ coming on the clouds of glory at His Second Coming, to judge the living and the dead (source)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

"The pure wisdom of the Holy Spirit dwelt in your pure heart..."

St. Philothei, the Venerable New-Martyr of Athens (source)
  
The pure wisdom of the Holy Spirit dwelt in your pure heart, O all-blessed Philothei, showing you to be an awesome dispeller of the evil spirits, and an all-perfect and mighty healer of afflictions. Therefore, as you have obtained boldness before God Who loves mankind, ceaselessly intercede that our souls and bodies might be freed from the passions.
-Doxastikon of the Litia for the Feast of St. Philothei of Athens

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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Elder Ephraim of Katounakia: "Where you kneel and make prostrations, there the feet of Christ are”.

Elder Ephraim of Katounakia (+1998) (source)
  
"I was making some prostrations once, when the following thought occurred to me: “Where you kneel and make prostrations, there the feet of Christ are”. I instantly fell to the floor and started kissing the ground where Christ had stepped. I literally kissed it. These things come by themselves, you cannot provoke them. This is grace, my brother."
-Elder Ephraim of Katounakia (+1998)
 
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

"I have squandered the essence of my Father's riches as a prodigal..."

Icon of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (source)
  
I have squandered the essence of my Father's riches as a prodigal, and having consumed them all, I have come to dwell in a desert land of evil citizens, and I am no longer able to bear to dwell with them, so I return, crying out to You, O compassionate Father: I have sinned against heaven and before You, and I am no longer worthy to be called Your son. Make me as one of Your hired servants, O God, and have mercy on me.
-Idiomelon from the Sunday of the Prodigal Son in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

St. Silouan: "Many rich and powerful men would pay dearly to see the Lord..."

The Most-holy Theotokos holding Christ the Lord (source)
  
"Many rich and powerful men would pay dearly to see the Lord or His Most Pure Mother, but God does not appear in riches, but in the humble heart... Every one of the poorest men can be humbled and come to know God. It need neither money nor reputation to come to know God, but only humility."
-St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, I.11,21

  
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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Friday, February 7, 2020

"O Lord Pantocrator, I see what tears can accomplish..."

The Prayer of Hezekiah (source)
  
O Lord Pantocrator, I see what tears can accomplish, for Hezekiah was lifted up from the gates of death, having been delivered from many years of sin, while the Publican was justified above the Pharisee, and I entreat you to number me among them and have mercy on me.
-Doxastikon of the Stichera from the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!