For me, the hallmark of the Greek Orthodox faith is forgiveness.
Almost from the beginning of time, Greece's location meant that it
was a battleground for countless enemies to work out their karma.
The Greek Orthodox recognize the need to forgive one's enemies and
to seek protection during troubled times. Their faith emphasizes
true forgiveness of enemies and evil deeds. This forgiveness is
not forgetting, not condoning, not condemning, but letting go of
hurts and wrongs so that they do not take the joy out of living.
O angel of God, my holy guardian, given to me from heaven, enlighten
me this day, and save me from all evil. Instruct me in doing good deeds,
and set me on the path of salvation. Amen.
O angel of Christ, holy guardian and protector of my soul and body,
forgive me everything wherein I have offended you every day of my life,
and protect me from all influence and temptation of the Evil One.
May I never again anger God by my sins. Pray for me to the Lord, that
He may make me worthy of the grace of the All-Holy Trinity, and of the
blessed Mother of God, and of all the saints. Amen.
O Lord my Savior and my Master, I, Thine unprofitable servant, with
fear and trembling give thanks unto Thy loving goodness for all Thy
benefits which Thou hast poured so abundantly upon me, Thy servant.
I fall down in adoration before Thee and offer Thee, O God, my praises;
with fervor I cry to Thee:
O God, deliver me from all adversities and mercifully fulfill in me
such of my desires as may be expedient for me. Hear me, I entreat Thee,
and have mercy, for Thou art the Hope of all the ends of the earth,
and unto Thee, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed glory,
now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
I praise Thee, O God of our Fathers, I hymn Thee, I bless Thee, I give
thanks unto thee for Thy great and tender mercy. To Thee I flee, O
merciful and mighty God. Shine into my heart with the True Sun of Thy
Enlighten my mind and keep all my senses, that henceforth I may walk
uprightly and keep Thy commandments, and may finally attain unto eternal
life, even to Thee, Who art the source of life, and be admitted to the
glorious fruition of Thy inaccessible Light. For Thou art my God, and
unto Thee, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be ascribed glory, now and
ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst command us to love our enemies, and those
who defame and injure us, and to pray for them and forgive them; Who
Thyself didst pray for Thine enemies, who crucified thee:
Grant us, we pray, the spirit of Christian reconciliation and meekness,
that we may heartily forgive every injury and be reconciled with our
Grant us to overcome the malevolence and offences of people with
Christian meekness and true love of our neighbor. We further beseech
Thee, O Lord, to grant to our enemies true peace and forgiveness of
sins; and do not allow them to leave this life without true faith
and sincere conversion.
And help us repay evil with goodness, and to remain safe from the
temptations of the devil and from all the perils which threaten us,
in the form of visible and invisible enemies. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, our God, in Thy mercies and loving-kindness
Thou regardest the humble prayers of all who call upon Thee with their
whole heart; incline Thine ear and hear now my prayer, offered to Thee
Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy Holy, Universal and Apostolic Church;
confirm and strengthen her, increase her and keep her in peace, and
preserve her unconquerable forever.
Be mindful, O Lord, of our bishop, and of every bishop of the Orthodox
Church; the priests and deacons, and all the clergy of the Church,
which Thou hast established to feed the flock of Thy word; and by
their prayers have mercy upon me and save me, a sinner.
Be mindful, O Lord, of all civil authorities, of our armed forces, of
this city in which we reside, and of every city and the countryside;
grant them peaceful times, that we, in their tranquility, may lead a
calm and peaceful life in all godliness and sanctity.
Be mindful, O Lord, of my parents, of my brothers and sisters, of my
relatives, and of my friends; grant that they may have mercy, life,
peace, health, salvation and visitation, pardon and remission of their
sins; that they may ever praise and glorify Thy Holy Name.
Be mindful, O Lord, of those who travel by land, by sea, and by air;
of the old and young, the sick, the suffering, the sorrowing, the
afflicted, the captives, the needy and the poor; and upon them all
send forth Thy mercies, for Thou art the Giver of all good things.
Be mindful, O Lord, of me, Thy humble servant; grant me Thy grace,
that I may be diligent and faithful, avoiding evil company and influence,
resisting temptation; that I may lead a godly and righteous life,
blameless and peaceful, ever serving Thee; that I may be accounted
worthy of entering the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.
Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your own quiet harbor,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict. Show me the
course I should take.
Renew in my the gift of discernment, so that
I can always see the right direction in which I should go. And give
me the strength and the courage to choose the right course, even when
the sea is rough and the waves are high, knowing that through enduring
hardship and danger in your name we shall find comfort and peace.
All holy Lady, do not abandon me to the power of human beings. Hear
the plea of your servant for I am oppressed by anguish and find it
difficult to resist the temptation of evil. I have no defense and I
do not know where to flee.
I am assailed on all sides and I find no
consolation except in you, Queen of the world. You are the hope and
protection of the faithful, do not despise my petition but grant me
what I need.
O God, Who art the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea
of love, the fountain of all blessings, and the bestower of affection,
who sendest peace to those who receive it...
Open to us this day the
sea of Thy love and bestow upon us the abundant riches of Thy grace.
Make us children of quietness and heirs of peace. Kindle in us the
fire of Thy love, strengthen our weakness by Thy power, and bind us
closely to Thee in unity.