Special Daily Prayers
Paschal Procession, St. Michael's Church, Binghamton, NY
Parish Renewal (Monday)
O Lord, Who did send down Your Most Holy Spirit upon Your Apostles at the
third hour and changed the simple fishermen into 'fishers of men', so now we
ask of You to help us consciously recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in
our lives and in the lives of our parishes and our diocese. May our lives
continue to be worthy Temples
of the Holy Spirit. May we be mindful of the continuous Pentecost, the constant
outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us, our families, our parishes and our
diocese. May we do nothing to grieve the Holy Spirit, but may our lives be
acceptable to Him Who will bring us to the knowledge of Truth, the knowledge of
Your Son and our God. O God, look down graciously upon us from Your holy dwelling
place and pour forth your abundant mercies and blessings upon our Diocesan
Parishes which You have raised for the honor and glory of Your all-holy Name.
As your Most Holy Son walked here on earth so let Him ever be present in our
parishes and may all of us find Him walking in our midst. As You sent Your Most
Holy Spirit upon Your Apostles at the Feast of Pentecost, so we continue to
implore and beg of You take not Your Holy Spirit from us, but renew Him in us
who pray to You. For You are the Giver and the Herald of the Way of our
salvation, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Harvest 2000/Evangelization (Tuesday)
O God of truth and love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hear our prayer for
those who do not know You, that they may come to a saving knowledge of the
truth and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world.
Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring
fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile.
Grant them wisdom and courage to proclaim Your message effectively, to endure
the hardships they face, to trust in Your mercy, and to see all their
sufferings as part of the suffering Your dear Son Jesus Christ endured on the
cross and let the joy of the Holy Spirit working in their lives ever strengthen
them in their resolve to see Christ proclaimed in every nation. Continually
renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new
missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to
Your goodness, full of love, of strength and of faith, for Your glory and for
the salvation of the entire world. Through the Prayers of St. Paul, Saints
Cyril and Methodius, St. Rostislav of Moravia, St. Maxym Sandovich, St. Herman
of Alaska, St. Innocent the Enlightener and all the missionary saints, have
mercy on us and save us. Amen.
O Lord, the High Priest of God's people, You have shown us that it is Your
will that men be called to the service of Your Holy Church. From the ranks of
fishermen, You called Andrew and Peter and James and John, and made them and
their successors in every age to be the "fishers of men." We, your
people in this age, call upon Your great love to inspire for our churches,
young men to be Your future priests. Touch their lives with Your Holy Spirit;
give them the courage to answer Your call and the strength to work all the days
of their life for Your service. Continue to shower upon our Diocesan Seminary
Your choicest blessings and make us aware of her needs so that it may continue
to be a place where the souls of those called to Your service may be trained
and prepared to teach and preach, to pray and labor, to forgive and heal - to
care in every way as priests of Your fold, O Good Shepherd. You told us with
Your precious lips, "Without me, you can do nothing." As we call upon
Your Name for more vocations, O Great High Priest, hear us and have mercy.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who embraced and blessed the little children when they
came to You, and said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not
stop them. The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these; and their angels
ever see the face of my Father," we beg You to look with favor on the
innocence of our Diocesan Youth and on the devotion of their parents, and bless
them. Let them ever advance in Your grace and goodness, the better to know You,
love You, fear You, and serve You, and happily reach their blessed destiny.
Strengthen our Diocesan Youth with heavenly grace, so that they may grasp with
their minds, treasure in their hearts, and carry out in their deeds all the
teachings that lead to salvation. Look with favor upon our Camp Nazareth,
built for the education and salvation of our Youth. Command Your angels to
guard it and to drive away from it all power of the enemy. For You are the
enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and we give glory to
You, together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and
life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
O Lord, You commanded that anyone who would be perfect should go and sell
what they have and give to the poor, and they will have treasure in heaven; and
come, follow You, so now do we humbly beseech You to guide Your servants to
take upon themselves the monastic yoke, and learn from You for You are gentle
and You will find rest for their souls. For Your yoke is easy, and Your burden
is light. Grant to Your humble servants grace, peace, love, patience, vigilance,
and prayerful discernment in the monastic life. Lead them into Your spiritual
dwelling place, O Lord our God, and enroll them in Your monastic flock of
reason endowed sheep. Through the prayers of our holy fathers and spiritual
mothers, O Lord, have mercy and save them. Amen.
O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who has conquered death and destroyed
Satan and Who has granted life to Your world: O Lord, rest the soul(s) of Your
departed servant(s) (name) in a serene, luxuriant and peaceful place where all
pain and sorrow and lamentation are absent. As a gracious God Who loves
mankind, forgive all transgressions committed by (him, her, them) by word or
deed or thought, for there is no one living who does not sin; You alone are
without sin, Your truth is truth in eternity and Your word is truth. For You
are the resurrection, life and repose of Your departed servant(s) (name) O
Christ our God, and we give glory to You and to Your eternal Father and Your
most holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Diocesan Clergy (Sunday)
O Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of Your sheep, light the fire of ardent
love in the hearts of all Your priests, that they may ever and in all things
seek only Your glory. Remember especially, Lord, our Bishop (name), and our
spiritual father (name), and all our diocesan clergy, who are laboring in Your
vineyard for the salvation of all those whom You have entrusted to them. Make
their lives as holy as the word they preach. Keep them from being discouraged.
Hear their prayers for our salvation. Give them wisdom and courage to proclaim
Your truth. Make them priests after Your own heart. For You are a merciful God
Who loves us and to You we give glory, together with Your eternal Father and Your
all-holy, good and life-giving- Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.