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Elections and our Prayers

Greetings in the name of our Lord JESUS Christ,
 
A THOUGHT ON “The elections and our prays for the President and the country.”
 
 
This week we in America were blessed to have an election of for the President of the United States without a civil war in a very divided country.  Our churches in America tell the same story as the election for President.  At 11:00 on Sunday mornings we are just as divided between white and people of color.  Our African Orthodox Church was founded out of segregation by +Archbishop George Alexander McGuire.  The Orthodox Churches in America came and just like the African Orthodox Church have done very little to make the desires and dreams of both churches look like the complete body of Christ.
 
The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black and the Ancient Christanity Conference has been working for years to bring the African American and white Orthodox community together to find ways to become and look likes the body of Christ.
 
In both the American Church and the American people as stated by the new president we are all in this together.  Let us get started on both.
 
We as Orthodox Christians along with the other Christian positions in the Holy Church of our Lord Jesus Christ must pray.
 
At the beginning of the Litany of St John Chrysostom we pray the following:
 
For the peace of the whole world; for the good estate of the Holy Churches of God, and for the union of all men, let us pray to the Lord.
 
Lord have mercy.
 
For the President of the United States and all civil authorities and for our Armed Forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.
 
Lord have mercy.
 
For this city, and for every city and land and for the faithful, who dwell therein; let us pray to the Lord.
 
Lord have mercy.
 
This Sunday when we are ordered to “In peace let us pray to the Lord,” let us not must make this a rope prayer.  Get to church on time and take part in these very important prayers.  Prayer can and will change our lives and change the world.  We can pray each day for our President and government for God’s blessings on them and that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit.  We pray that God will surround our President with wise counsel and bless him and his family.
 
Our Pray Life grows through the study of the Bible:
 
The Orthodox tradition has developed various forms of “waiting for the Lord in the early morning” (orthrizein pros Kyrion) and “keeping a watchful heart” (phylake kardias) through worship, fasting, the Jesus Prayer, and the reading of the Bible.  One of the pillars of Orthodox spirituality is the prayerful study of Scripture.  Choose an undisturbed period of fifteen minutes or more to pray and to read the Bible.  Find a quiet place, resisting the usual distractions.  Offer selections of prayers.  Then sit comfortably and continue to pray.
 
A Lamp to My Feet
 
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
who seek Him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong, but walk in His ways!
You have commanded Your precepts to be kept diligently.
O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping Your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all Your commandments.
I will praise You with an upright heart when I learn Your righteous percepts.
O how I love Your Law!  It is my meditation all the day.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.   Psalm 119:1-7,97,105
 
+Archbishop James Salisbury Jr., OSB.
The African Orthodox Church in America
 
 

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