Saturday, February 22, 2014

Preparing for Lent: Returning to God, Part 2

Dear Students and Friends,

This coming Monday we begin the Meat Fast, the last week before Lent and the Great Fast begins for us as Orthodox Christians. Let us continue to prepare for Lent, returning to God.

Looking back on this week, here is a prayer from Father Andrew at St Luke Church for us to reflect on the Prodigal Son, who represents us all in our state of separation from God.

Prayer of the week on the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32)

O Lord, we stand before You confessing our sins. You have taken our sins upon Yourself and nailed them to Your Cross. You have opened a way for us to return to Your father and made Your father our father. As we live in exile from our true home, we pray that You will make a place for us in Your heavenly kingdom when we return. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Bible Verse

And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son." Luke 15:21-22

Bible Question

How is the parable a model for our Lenten experience?

You can receive one credit for reflecting on this prayer and answering the question. Send your answers to oandrey(at)aol(d0t)com and else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

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