2023 Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge

The Challenge

This year, just like last eight 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. 

And the challenge is:

To offer a special prayer for peace during evening prayers.  A similar prayer will be offered at each Divine Liturgy during the Nativity Fast. 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.

A Message From Metropolitan Gregory

Protocol No. 9/2023

Glory to Jesus Christ!

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

It is hard to believe that this month marks the eleventh anniversary of my Consecration and Enthronement as your Hierarch. It has been a very strange couple of years with the arrival of the Coronavirus early in 2020. The pandemic turned our lives upside down in all aspects: physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, social, and financial. Anxiety and despondency soared dramatically. Many of our Clergy and Laity were exposed and sickened.  Unfortunately, we also lost many wonderful people of our Diocese and beyond. May their memories be eternal!

Today we see our world spinning out of control. Violence, poverty, hatred, drug overdoses, homelessness, theft and senseless killings are all increasing. We are at the brink of a World War with conflicts in Ukraine, the Holy Lands in the Middle East and other places around the planet raging. 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, he began to sink. Peter cried out, "Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30) and Jesus Christ reached down and pulled him out of the stormy sea. We too are sinking and need to cry out "Lord, save me!"



Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity Fast 2023   PDF Format

Prayer Sheet - Home Use

Prayer For Peace - Evening PrayersFull Sheet PDF Format

Prayer For Peace - Evening Prayers JPG Format

Prayer For Peace Post Card Size PDF Format

Divine Liturgy Petition  

Special Petition - 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!