“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
I make a solemn vow to observe your righteous judgments.”
guard our thoughts from the errors of this troubled world and awaken spiritual life within us,
through meditation on your life-giving commandments.
Thus, with enlightened thoughts, the reflections of your grace,
our hearts will be purified of vain endeavors,
and we shall glorify you in the holy temple of your majesty,
now and forever. Amen.
From the Wednesday Morning Prayer after the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Maronite Liturgy.
grant peace to the world. May wars and battles cease throughout the earth;
protect the churches and monasteries; unite them in the unity of the true faith.
Support and care for the people you have acquired through your precious blood.
Thus, strengthened by your calm and peace, we shall render glory and thanksgiving to you,
now and forever. Amen.
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19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions,
21 occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Keep your tongue from evil, your lips from speaking lies.
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14-15
I will listen for what God, the LORD, has to say; surely he will speak of peace to his people and to his faithful. May they not turn to foolishness! Psalm 85:9
"All human emotions gathered on an island to celebrate. After a while, they were all asked to evacuate because the island is drowning. All emotions fled, except for Love, who did not have the heart to let the island drown all alone. When the island was almost completely submerged, Love called on Pride to help him, but Pide refused to let him on his boat. So did Wealth, Sadness, and Pleasure. At that moment an honorable old man came and rescued love. Love wanted to know the identity of the one who saved him, so he asked Wisdom who told him: “It is Time,” because only time knows the value of love and the importance of its existence."
An excerpt from the article: “Spirituality of the Liturgical Year” by Fr. Maroun Moubarak.
Morning prayer, Tuesday of the Finding in the Temple, Maronite liturgy.
“O hidden One, you are glorified in the heavens. In order to live among us and teach us humility, you chose to dwell in a humble house, and taught us to understand that we must serve God before all else.”
Morning prayer, Monday of the Finding in the Temple, Maronite liturgy.
“Glory to you, O Word of God, the wise One; praise to you, the Light, Way and Life of the world. Grant us purity of heart and simplicity of speech to praise you this morning. As we commemorate your finding among the teachers, grant that we be zealous in keeping your laws and passing on your teachings. Then we will be worthy to behold your face, and glorify you with your Father and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.”
“We offer you, O Wonderful Child and only begotten Son, the perfume of our incense, the desires of our hearts, the submission of our souls, the adoring reverence of our bodies, and the prayers of our lips.” Maronite Liturgy.