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Prayers for Humility and Prayers against Fear
« on: April 17, 2006, 10:04:55 PM »
Hey all,

If you have the chance, say a simple "Kyrie Eleison" for me tonight.  By God's grace, I managed to partake in the holy mystery of confession.  Needless to say, my priest was not impressed with my sins, and while saying that my confession was received by God, he did not read the prayer of absolution over me, nor did he wear his epitrachilion when he heard it.  I believe my confession has been heard by Christ. The few times I've seen my priest since then, I think he's been trying to cultivate my humility, which is great, because he's said some things that have been a little bitter to hear.  I don't want to be arrogant, or indignant...it's not very easy. Please pray that I will learn to humble myself.

Moreover, aside from the spiritual struggle that comes with Great Lent, Holy Week and the approaching Pascha, I've been having an ongoing struggle with a small physical "condition".  It's not life threatening, but it can be pretty debilitating--I have an irregularity in my heartbeats, so they are often all over the place, fast, slow, extra, and i get lightheaded, and frightened.  My docs have been watching it, but I'm hoping you, the holy saints of God, will pray for me, that I don't let fear and doubt get the best of me.

Thank-you all in advance.
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Re: Prayers for Humility and Prayers against Fear
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2006, 11:17:42 PM »
Kyrie Eleison! May God help you in everything, Ted!
Great that you had enough courage to confess. Your priest should act in a totally different way.

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Re: Prayers for Humility and Prayers against Fear
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2006, 12:48:30 AM »
Hi Ted,

Kyrie Elieson from me as well.  Also I just want to add, that Christ loves us, and he knows we will stumble, he knows what it is going to take for us to be right with him.  We are slowly but surely being made into the finest sculptures by the greatest of artists, and with each touch of the chisel we will feel pain, but it is only for the shaping of our perfection in Him.(CS Lewis).  I'm inspired by the fact that you are asking for prayers in this troubled time, and I believe that God will heal you, and remove your doubt.  God bless you, and pray for me a sinner.

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Re: Prayers for Humility and Prayers against Fear
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2006, 07:59:51 AM »
Kyrie eleison.
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Re: Prayers for Humility and Prayers against Fear
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2006, 09:28:19 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Prayers for Humility and Prayers against Fear
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2006, 10:24:32 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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