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Mon, Feb. 18th 2002 Prayer of the week on the Sunday of Zaccheus Luke 19:1-10

Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.

O Lord we are all short. In one way or another we have not lived up to what You have called us to be. To compensate for this we express pride and arrogance. We love ourselves over You and show it by the way we accumulate things. At the expense of the poor we satisfy our passions. In our distress we call out to You. As You saw Zacchaeus in the tree and brought him salvation, so we ask You to see us. As we approach this season of Great Lent help us to follow Zacchaeus's example and give of our wealth generously to the poor and to Your mission. We pray in the name of the Father Son and Holy spirit. Amen

Bible text- And Zacchaeus sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house. So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold. And Jesus said to him, Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19: 6-10 The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Fri, Feb. 15th 2002 Prayer of the week for Metropolitan Theodosius

Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy. Among the first, remember, O Lord, his Beatitude, our Metropolitan Theodosius, grant him many years of peace, safety, honor, and health, correctly distributing the word of Your truth.

Mon, 4 Feb 2002 Prayer of the week for a baptism

Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.

O compassionate and merciful God, Who tries the heart and the reins, and Who alone knows the secret thoughts of all (for no deeds are hidden before You, but all things are laid bare and manifest before Your eyes); Who knows all things concerning me, Who disregards man's sins unto repentance, do not look upon me with loathing, nor turn Your face from me; do not consider my iniquities at this present hour.

Wash away the vileness of my body, and the pollution of my soul. Sanctify me wholly by Your all-perfect, invisible might, and by Your spiritual right hand, lest, while I proclaim liberty to others, and administer this rite with perfect faith in Your ineffable love toward mankind, I myself may become the base slave of sin.

Yes, O Master, Who alone are good and full of love toward mankind, do not let your humble servant be led astray; but send down upon me power from on high, and strengthen me in the administration of Your impending Mystery, which is both great and most heavenly. Create the image of Your Christ in him (her), who now desires to be born again through my unworthy ministry. Build him (her) up upon the foundation of Your Apostles and Prophets, that he (she) may not be overthrown; but implant him (her) firmly as a plant of truth, in Your holy catholic and apostolic Church, that he (she) may not be plucked out.

That, as he (she) increases in godliness, through him (her) may be glorified Your all-holy Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.