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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.

To celebrate the First Sunday of Great Lent on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Richard Keating was welcomed into the ranks of the catechumenate during Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Richard was called to the foot of the ambo during the Litany of the Catechumens where the following prayer was read over him to initiate his first steps in being received into to the Orthodox Church. The full prayer read for Richard is as follows:

In Thy name, O Lord of Truth, and in the Name of Thine Only-begotten Son, and of Thy Holy Spirit, I lay my hand upon Thy servant, Richard, who has been found worthy to flee unto Thy Holy Name, and to take refuge under the shelter of Thy wings. Remove far from him his former delusion, and fill him with the faith, hope and love which are in Thee; that he may know that Thou art the only true God, with Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and Thy Holy Spirit. Enable him to walk in all Thy commandments, and to fulfill those things which are well-pleasing unto Thee; for if a man do those things, he shall find life in them.  Inscribe him in Thy Book of Life, and unite him to the flock of Thine inheritance. And may Thy Holy Name be glorified in him, together with Thy beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and of Thy life-creating Spirit.  Let Thine eyes ever regard him with mercy, and let Thine ears attend unto the voice of his supplication.  Make him to rejoice in the works of his hands, and in all his  generation; that he may render praises unto Thee, may sing, worship and glorify Thy great and exulted Name always, all the days of his life.  For all the powers of Heaven sing praises unto Thee, and Thine is the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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