2020 Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge:
Prayer For Deliverance From The Corona Virus

This year, just like last five years, during the 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 to strengthen their spiritual lives. In the past  the challenge has been a specific call to prayer for peace and stillness. This year the prayer will be about the Coronavirus. it seems, more than ever, that we need to increase our prayer life so that we can have the strength to overcome the many struggles we have faced during as we have battle the deadly pandemic. 

And the challenge is:

To offer a special prayer for deliverance From the Corona Virus 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

Protocol No. 41/2020

Glory to Jesus Christ!

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

It is hard to believe that this month marks the eighth anniversary of my Consecration and Enthronement as your Hierarch. It has been a very strange year with the arrival of the Coronavirus early in 2020. The pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Several of our Clergy and many of our Laity have been exposed and sickened.  Unfortunately we also lost many wonderful people of our Diocese and beyond. May their memories be eternal!

From the very beginning as God fearing people we have been praying for the Lord’s help. In all of our Divine Liturgies additional petitions and prayers have been offered. And yet the struggle continues around the world.  I believe we must intensify our prayers.  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 when he became distracted by the winds and waves and today the virus, he began to sink. Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30) and Jesus Christ reached down and pulled him out the stormy sea. 

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 is who we are as active Orthodox Christians.

In the last five years, I have challenged everyone, Clergy and Laity, to offer a special prayer for peace and stillness during evening prayers.  This year the prayer will be about the Coronavirus. The text of these prayers will be provided to the Clergy for distribution.  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 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, Prayer Against the Coronavirus, which contains downloadable texts of the special prayer.  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 relief from this pestilence this Nativity Fasting Season, I am convinced that we will help to protect our lives and those of others throughout the world from the pandemic.

Working in His Vineyard with much love,

+Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa 


 

Resources

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity Fast 2020      PDF Format

Prayer For The Coronavirus - Evening Prayers (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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