Hanukkah, A Time of Re-Dedication

Dear Comunidad,

I would like to take a moment to wish all of my Jewish friends a blessed Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, an eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple – the Second Temple – in Jerusalem.

I pray that, regardless of how we call upon Godde in our lives, we can take this opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to walking alongside each other in love and understanding.

Recibir a Cristo,
Eva

Blessed are you, Lord, our Godde, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
to light the lights of Hanukkah. Amen.

Blessed are you, Lord, our Godde, sovereign of the universe
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time. Amen.

Blessed are you, Lord, our Godde, sovereign of the universe
who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season. Amen.

Monday Meditation, The Ladder of Divine Ascent

Have mercy on me, a sinner….

The John Climacus used words from his heart to pain the picture would eventually inspireĀ  the icon depicted below. While his words were intended as a monastical treatise, I wonder if he had people like me in mind, people who may not necessarily be called to that life.

Intercessions of the Godde Bearer

Dear Comunidad,

The Weeping Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign” at Novgorod has been in my meditations as of late. Whether this is informed by the Nativity season or something more random, I think the timing probably couldn’t be better.

During this season I become acutely aware of how diminished the position of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Godde Bearer, has become in our society, even within Christian circles. It breaks my heart that the mother of all mothers is relegated to an after thought or footnote.

Now is a splendid time to cast our eyes on Godde through the intercessions of the Mother of our Lorde, for just as the Theotokos gave birth to Christ in a bodily way, so we must, give birth to Christ in an unbodily or spiritual way. In so doing, we imitate Her practical spiritual life, including the purity and humility by which She formed Her free will into perfect obedience to the Will of Godde.

Recibir a Cristo,
Eva

A prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos, by St Peter of Damascus

Blessed Queen of the universe,
thou knowest that we sinners have no intimacy with God whom thou hast borne.
But, putting our trust in thee,
through thy mediation we thy servants prostrate ourselves before the Lord:
for thou canst freely approach Him since He is thy son and our God.
Thus I, too, unworthy believer that I am, entreat thee, holy Queen,
that I may be allowed to perceive the gifts of grace bestowed on thee
and on the other saints,
and to understand how thou dost display so many virtues.
Simply thy giving birth to the Son of God shows that thou excellest all other beings.
For He Who, as creator of all,
knows all things before they come into existence
found thy womb worthy of His indwelling.

My First Prayer

The first prayer I ever learned. The prayer I return to every morning and night. The prayer of praying without ceasing.

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