Prayer for peace
Almighty God and Creator, You are the Father of all people on the earth. Guide, we pray, all the nations and their leaders in the ways of justice and peace. Protect us from the evils of injustice, prejudice, exploitation, conflict, and war. Help us to put away mistrust, bitterness, and hatred. Teach us to cease the storing and using of implements of war. Lead us to find peace, respect, and freedom. Unite us in the making and sharing of tools of peace against ignorance, poverty, disease, and oppression. Grant that we may grow in harmony and friendship as brothers and sisters created in Your image, to Your honor and praise. Amen.
Hymn to St. John the Baptist
The memory of the just is blessed And the witness of the Lord, shall be sufficient for you, O Forerunner. For you were shown forth, as more venerable than the prophets. And found worthy to baptize in the water Him whom you proclaimed. Therefore you were a champion for the truth, And pleased to bring good tidings even to those in Hades. That God made manifest in the flesh, takes away the sins of the world, And granting to us the great mercy.
christ is born. GLORIFY him!
Apolytikion of Holy Nativity
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshipped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee.
Kontakion of Holy Nativity
Today, , the Virgin bears Him who is transcendent, and the earth presents the cave to Him who is beyond reach. Angels, along with shepherds glorify Him. The Magi make their way to Him by a star. For a new child has been born for us, the God before all ages.
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