The person who does not decide to love forever will find it very difficult to really love for even one day.
-Pope St. John Paul II
O Lord, I know that if I partake unworthily
of Your most pure body and precious blood,
I will be guilty:
I will be eating and drinking my own condemnation
by not giving proper reverence to Your body and blood.
But, trusting in Your mercy,
I dare to come to You, for You have said:
“whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
abides in me, and I, in him.”
Be merciful to me, a sinner, O Lord,
and do not reject me,
but deal with me according to Your mercy.
Grant this holy mystery be for the healing of my soul and body,
for the enlightenment of my mind,
and for the protection of my life.
Let it be for the amendment of my conduct,
for perseverance, for the increase of virtue,
and for protection in the communion of Your Holy Spirit.
Give me your body and blood, O Lord,
as a provision for the journey to eternal life,
and for an acceptable answer at Your judgement seat.
Do not let it be for my judgement or condemnation,
O Master, Christ our God, King of ages, and Maker of all things!
I thank You for all the favors You have granted me,
and for having given to me
Your pure and life-giving, precious mysteries.
I pray You, O gracious God who loves mankind,
Keep me under your protection
and under the shadow of Your wings.
Grant that until my last breath,
I may worthily receive Your holy mysteries
with a clear conscience for the remission of my sins
and for life everlasting.
For You are the Bread of Life, the Fountain of Holiness,
and the Provider of Graces,
and we glorify You- together with Your Father,
and Your Holy Spirit,
now and ever, and unto the ages of ages,
Christ is Risen…..Indeed, He is Risen!
A blessed Pascha to one and all! May the grace of our Lord and Savior be with you and your families, and may His mercy bring you enduring peace and salvation!
Your cross, O Lord, is life and resurrection to Your people,
And we place our hope in it.
Therefore, we sing to You:
O, our risen God, have mercy on us!
Your burial, O Master, opened paradise to the human race.
Delivered from death,
We now sing to You:
O, our risen God, have mercy on us!
With the Father and the Spirit,
Let us glorify Christ, risen from the dead.
Let us cry out to Him with a full voice:
You are our life and resurrection:
have mercy on us!
You arose from the tomb on the third day,
as it was written, O Christ,
And raised our ancestors with You.
Therefore, the human race glorifies You
And praises Your holy resurrection.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.
(Matthew 27:27-31 RSE)
Excuse me if I have already posted this, and likewise forgive me if it has somehow slipped my attention to do so…. I wanted to let interested folk know that Holy Resurrection Monastery (in Saint Nazianz, Wisconsin) posts video feeds from their daily services on Facebook Live! Surely, there is no substitute for attending any service or Divine Liturgy in person, but it does provide a wonderful avenue of at least a virtual participation for those who may not otherwise have access to such throughout the day. Click on the link below to visit the monastery’s Facebook page and to learn more / connect (as provided by a feature of Facebook Live, you can elect to be conveniently notified when the monastery is broadcasting)…