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2014-08-31 message

posted Sep 20, 2014, 3:24 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Sep 20, 2014, 3:24 PM ]
Today, we are blessing a set of new liturgical items. Let us be attentive to the words of the prayers, that we may be filled with the sense awe and mystery as we stand before God in the services of our Church. 

O Almighty Master, Lord our God: having given to Moses, Your servant, the law, ordinances, and rituals, You commanded that vessels of gold and silver be made and sanctified in the sanctuary built to the glory of Your most-holy Name, for the bringing-forth of various sacrifices to You, our true God (as these were the shadow and image of our present true bloodless Sacrifice). Do You Yourself now also, O Lord the Lover of mankind, bless this paten, chalice, star and spoon and sanctify them by the power, action and grace of Your all-holy and life-giving Spirit, that on them may be brought forth unto You the true, bloodless and reasonable Sacrifice, the most holy Body of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Your Son Who, for us and for the sake of our salvation offered Himself once unto You, His God and Father, as an acceptable Sacrifice on the Altar of the Cross. For unto You, together with Him and Your most-holy, good and life-giving Spirit is due all glory, honor and worship now and ever and to the ages of ages. 

O Lord our God, Who have heaven as a throne and the earth for a footstool, even though the whole universe is not able to contain You, nor are the minds of angels or men able to comprehend the magnificence of Your glory or worthily to speak of You: For the sake of merciful compassion and love for mankind, ineffably You condescended to be contained in the Virgin’s womb and become a man, while remaining true god. In order to cleave mankind to Yourself, under the visible guise of bread and wine, You have Your own Body and Blood as food for the faithful. As You are God, You are everywhere and fill all things, yet as God and man, You are in heaven at the right hand of the Father, and on earth desiring truly to be present in the most-holy Mysteries of Your Body and Blood. Therefore, I now humbly beseech You: Do You look down mercifully on our prayer and on this vessel which was made to Your glory, and send down upon it Your heavenly blessing; bless, purify and sanctify it, that it may be a worthy receptacle, a new tomb and storehouse for the holy and Life-giving mysteries of Your most-holy Body and precious Blood. For You are our sanctification, and unto You do we send up glory, together with Your Father Who has no beginning, and Your most-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. 

O Lord God Almighty, God of our Fathers, Who have said through Your chosen vessel, the apostle Paul, that all Your creation is good and that nothing is rejected which through Your divine Word and prayer is sanctified: Mercifully look down upon these vessels which Your servants have provided for the glory of Your most-holy Name and to the service of Your holy altar and, with Your heavenly blessing and the prayer of us, Your unworthy servants and servers, mercifully bless and sanctify them and manifest them to be worthy for the service of Your holy altar, bestowing upon them Your heavenly grace, and grant them remission of sins and make them partakers of Your Kingdom. For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and unto You we send up glory, together with Your most-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. 

O Lord our God, look down now on the prayer of me, your unworthy servant, and send down the riches of Your blessings on these vessels and sanctify them by Your Holy Spirit through the sprinkling of this holy water. 

With love in Christ,
+Fr. Peter