2018 Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge:
Praying For Peace And Stillness

This year, just like last three years, to further focus our journey of peace and love this Nativity season, Metropolitan Gregory has offered a challenge to all of the clergy and faithful and especially the youth and young adults of the Diocese.  It is not enough to talk about making the world a more peaceful place, rather we must actually do something about it.

And the challenge is:

To offer a special prayer for peace and stillness during evening prayers. During the Litany of Fervent Supplication at each Divine Liturgy a special petition is also to be included.  The text of these prayers are included below. Each household should have sufficient copies so that each young person that can read has one by their bed  to use nightly and those who are too young to read may say this prayer together with their parents before they go to bed.  Of course all adults should join the challenge as well so that all together our prayers will reach our Lord’s ears.


The Challenge: A Message From Metropolitan Gregory

Dear Beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-Protected Diocese,

It is hard to believe that this month marks the sixth anniversary of my Consecration and Enthronement as your Hierarch. During my visits to the parishes you have often heard me preaching on the state of affairs, locally and globally. Conflicts, wars and senseless violence continue to inflict pain and suffering and spill blood everywhere. I am deeply saddened that peace and stillness continues to elude us. Recent events continue to reveal that demonic forces are fighting against us, that evil continues to exist in the world. So many innocent people are killed or wounded on a daily basis. As an example, recently many innocent were killed or wounded in a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Everyday people are dying needlessly in our towns and cities. For what? Can someone please explain it to me. This lack of peace and stillness is the direct result of increased selfishness and hatred throughout the world. Whatever we as inhabitants of this planet are doing it is not working, somehow it is not enough. Obviously we as humans cannot achieve peace and stillness on our own. We need the help of someone and that someone is the Lord.

In addition, many ills (demons) afflict us, just like the demon-possessed man in the land of the Gadarenes. Whether it is an addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, lying, cheating, stealing, ungratefulness, anger, hatred, domestic violence or something else, we need the Lord. If we are feeling like we are sinking because we are overwhelmed in our home life, work life, school life or even our social life (including social media and technology) we must be like Peter. He was walking on the water towards Jesus and he was distracted by the winds and waves. As he began to sink, Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30).

As we once again enter the Season of the Nativity Fast, I ask you, actually I plead with you, the good faithful people of our Diocese, to join me on a journey to meet the new born King. During these 40 days leading to the Nativity of our Lord let us increase our efforts in church attendance, in prayer, in fasting, in scriptural reading, in almsgiving, in repentance and confession, in receiving the Eucharist.

This year, just like the last three years, I am challenging everyone, clergy and laity, to offer a special prayer for peace and stillness during evening prayers. During the Litany of Fervent Supplication at each Divine Liturgy a special petition is also to be included. The text of these prayers will be provided to the Clergy for distribution. Each household should have sufficient copies so that young person that can read has one by their bed to use nightly and those who are too young to read may say the prayer with their parents before they go to bed. Of course, all the adults should also participate.

To assist with this challenge, a special web page has been created on the Diocesan Website, Praying for Peace, which contains downloadable texts of the special prayers. Other postings will be made on various social media outlets to encourage maximum exposure and participation.

With all of us united in prayer and laboring for peace and stillness this Nativity Fasting Season, I am convinced that we will help to make our lives and that of others throughout the world more peaceful and still, even if only in a small way.

Working in His Vineyard with much love,

+Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa 


Resources

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity Fast 2018      PDF Format

Prayer For Peace - Evening Prayers (Letter size)  PDF Format

Prayer For Peace - Evening Prayers (Half Letter Size)   PDF Format

Prayer For Peace - Evening Prayers (Post Card Size)   PDF Format

Special Petition For Peace - Litany of Fervent Supplication   PDF Format



Spread The Peace and Love of The Nativity

Help equip the Saints of our Diocese for missionary and charitable works to be done in the name of  Our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Join Metropolitan Gregory during the Nativity Fast  in supporting the ACRY Stewardship Campaign.   Learn More Here!   


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