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Everything is a Gift

God is everywhere; he is as available to us as easily as it is to inhale and exhale breath. We are never alone. He remains more accessible to us than we are aware. This is why, if our thinking remains shallow, and we are unwilling to go to a deeper level of understanding, than nothing will change.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, we will pray the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost.

Before each Kneeling Prayer, the priest will say, "On bended knee let us pray to the Lord." What will we be asking from God in these three prayers?

Prayer #1: We ask God to 1) hear us, 2) accept us, 3) forget our sins, 4) purge our sinful thoughts, 4) entrust us to guardian angel, 5) grant us forgiveness; and 6) cleanse us by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer #2: We ask God to teach us how to pray, and what to pray for.

Prayer #3: For our departed loved ones,in which we ask God to: 1) give rest to their souls, 2) place their names in the Book of Life, and 3) forgive their sins.

-Fr Marc Vranes

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