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Bless My Enemies

St. Nikolai Velimirovich: Bless My Enemies O Lord

Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath your tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.

They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.

They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.

They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.

They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.

Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.

Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.

Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.

Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.

Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of your garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:

so that my fleeing to You may have no return;

so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;

so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;

so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;

so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;

ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.

It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies.

Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies.

A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand. But a son blesses them, for he understands.

For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life.

Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.

+ St. Nikolai Velimirovich, Prayers By the Lake (A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality, Volume 5)

 

Schedule of Services and Events for the week October 18 – October 25, 2015

Monday, October 19
6 PM – Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class

Tuesday, October 20
8:30 AM – Akathist
9 AM –Perogie Session

Wednesday, October 21
9:30 AM – New Milford High School visit
7 PM – Adult Catechism Class

 Thursday, October 22
10 AM – Liturgy imo for Nancy Franco

Friday, October 23
9:30 AM – Old Testament Class

Saturday, October 24
5 PM – Vespers

Sunday, October 25
9 AM – Church School – Middle and High School
10 AM – Divine Liturgy blessing of Chandelier
11:30 AM – Church School – Elementary
12 noon – Brunch in honor and memory of Max Rosenfield. Blessing and dedication of the new Chandelier


Readers Schedule
10/18 – Susan Paltauf
10/25 – Paul Toaso
11/1 – Harry Fong
11/8 – Susan Paltauf


Coffee Hour
10/18 – Gross
10/25 – Kerpchar
11/1 – Budyonny
11/8 – Lenox Retreat


Upcoming Events
Parish Council Meeting – Sunday, October 18
Deanery Corn Maze Family Outing – Sunday, October 18
Sunday, October 25, – Chandelier Blessing
Saturday, October 31 – Roll Baking Day
Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen – Friday, November 6
Lenox St. Nectarios Retreat – Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8
Music on the Mount Saturday, November 28
St. Nicholas Day Brunch – Sunday, December 6

Schedule of Services and Events for the Week of October 5 – October 11, 2015

Monday, October 5
6 PM – Prayer Group
7 PMSpirituality Class

Tuesday, October 6
9 AM– Perogie making session

Sunday, October 11
9 AM – Church School – Middle and High School
10 AM – Divine Liturgy – served by Fr. Sergei Bouteneff
11:30 AM – Church School – Elementary

Thursday, October 15
7 PM – St. Nectarios Service

Friday, October 16
9:30 AM – Old Testament Class
6 PM – Weeping Icon from Taylor Pennsylvania
at St. John’s Church
384 Mill Hill Avenue, Bridgeport, CT

Saturday, October 17
5 PM – Vespers

Sunday, October 18
9 AM – Chrismation of Roz Mihaylo
9 AM – Church School
10 AM – Liturgy
11:30 AM – Church School
12:30 PM – Parish Council

Fr. Luke and Pani along with several others are away in South Dakota from October 6 thru October 14.

For emergencies please contact the rectory so Fr. Luke can be reached


Readers Schedule
10/11 – Paul Sulich
10/18 – Susan Paltauf


Coffee Hour
10/11 – Radcliff
10/18 – Gross
10/25 – Kerpchar
11/1 – Budyonny


Upcoming Events

Lakota Nation Adult Mission Trip
October 11 thru October 14

Weeping Icon to visit Bridgeport’s St. John’s Church
Friday, October 16, 6 PM

Deanery Corn Maze Family Outing
Sunday, October 18

Chandelier Blessing
Sunday, October 25

Roll Baking Day
Saturday, October 31

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen
Friday, November 6

Lenox St. Nectarios Retreat
Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8

Bake Sale
November 21-22

Music on the Mount
Saturday, November 28

St. Nicholas Day Brunch
Sunday, December 6

Bake Sale
December 13