One does not need fancy theories to bless the troops...hoping for a good outcome...end to war...victory for our dear men and women...etc. I see no pacifism here. In red we see the inherent prayer for swift victory in defense of all we hold dear...Mark Twain's War Prayer...anyone?http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/PrayingForSoldiersDuringWar.htm
Praying For Soldiers During War
by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho, USA
Christ our True God, who loves mankind, look down with mercy and compassion upon every soldier who is facing a daily struggle with war, aggression and terrorism. Each one desires to live before You, and be ever protected by Your Right Hand. Preserve them, we humbly pray, and watch over them every given hour. Guide their steps, give wisdom and discernment to all who are in leadership, that Your will may prevail, and that they may return safely to their homes and loved ones.
We beg You to hear the cry coming from our hearts, dear Lord Jesus Christ. We know that we are surrounded by many dangers. We are frightened as destruction; pain and death seem so near. We hurt with those who are hurting, and grieve with those who grieve, whether on the battlefield or in their homes.
Draw us closer to You, we pray. Grant to us and to each soldier the desire to say as the Psalmist did, "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.' He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge." (Psalm 91)
In Your righteousness forgive us as we continue in the defense of our beloved country. Watch over those whom we love, our wives, our children, relatives, and friends, as well as all civil authorities. May Your guiding Spirit be with those who govern us. Bless our country America, our allies, and all those who love freedom, peace, and good will among all men.
May Your mercy be ever granted to us, for without fear but with love, humility, and obedience we to turn to You, that we may be strengthened, stand firm, and live.
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
Humbly In Christ Our Lord,
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Parish Priest of SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
Telephone (208) 345-6147