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Merry Christmas! Andrew, November 30, Trans. OCN offers videos, podcasts, blogs and music, to enhance Orthodox Christian life. The Prayer Team is a daily devotion written by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, the parish priest at St. Devotions include a verse from scripture, a commentary from Fr. Stavros, and a short prayer that he writes to match the topic. Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. Akrotirianakis is the Proistamenos of St. God sends Us with a Special Task September 19, 0.

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November 13, 0. The first prayer of the service of the Preparation of the Gifts the Proskomide is a hymn of Christmas: O Bethlehem, prepare, Eden is opened unto all. Advent 54 Christmas daily devotion Prayer Previous The Prayer Team. Next The Prayer Team. Nativity Devotion, November In the Beginning. About author. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Orthodox Christian Network.

The infant born that first Christmas grew in wisdom and age and strength; he suffered and died and rose again; and he saved his people from their sins. Heart of Christmas Dr. Let me give Christmas away, unwrapped, by exuberant armfuls. Let me share, dance, live Christmas unpretentiously, merrily, responsibly with overflowing hands, tireless steps and sparkling eyes.

Christmas given away will stay fresh—even until it comes again. Bells on Christmas Day Pulpit Helps, , p.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was filled with sorrow at the tragic death of his wife in a fire in The Civil War broke out the same year, and it seemed this was an additional punishment. Two years later, Longfellow was again saddened to learn that his own son had been seriously wounded in the Army of the Potomac.

Sitting down to his desk, one Christmas Day, he heard the church bells ringing. It was in this setting that Longfellow wrote these lines:. I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good will to men! Till, ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Be Still and Know- A Christmas Devotional

It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good will to men! And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep. The wrong shall fail, The right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men! Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.

Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts. And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.

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Christmas Prayer Soundings , Vol. May hunger disappear and terrorists cease their senseless acts. May people live in freedom, worshiping as they see fit, loving others. May the sanctity of the home be ever preserved.

May peace, everlasting peace, reign supreme. I believe in God, but do I believe in God-in-me? I believe in God in heaven, but do I believe in God-on-earth? I believe in God out there, but do I believe in God-with-us? Come alive in me this Christmas! And the more you spend in blessing The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing Returns to you glad. Christmas William Cullen Bryant. Christmas Thoughts Anonymous. Thomas, B. Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town, St. Joseph was searching, walking up roads and down; Our Lady was waiting, so meek and so mild, While Joseph was seeking a place for the Child;.

And there in a cave, in a cradle of hay, Our Savior was born on that first Christmas Day!

The Greatest Gift: An Advent Devotional

The Father was watching in heaven above, He sent for His angels, His couriers of love;. Now fly to the Earth, where My poor people live, Announce the glad tiding My Son comes to give; The Shepherds were watching their flocks on this night, And saw in the heavens and unearthly light;. They hastened to find Him, and stood at the door, Till Mary invited them in to adore;.