Let us pray as parents for the fatherless

The prayer below is part of my lenten series: 40 prayers for Russia's orphans.  Won't you join us in lifting up some of the most vulnerable children in our world today?  

Day 35- Easter
Today's prayer is a beautiful Orthodox prayer that parents are to pray for their children.  Since the orphans of Russia have no parent to pray for them, I ask that we join together to cover them with our voices. When I first read this prayer I was deeply moved and I thought to myself that no prayer I could ever write would capture our pleas on their behalf as much as this one. So I ask tonight that as we prepare for Maundy Thursday tomorrow- in commemoration of the Last Supper- and enter into these last days of lent, that we would simply prayer this prayer every day from now until Easter:


O God, our heavenly Father, Who lovest mankind, and art most merciful and compassionate,

Have mercy upon our children, Thy servants, Russia's orphans, for whom I humbly pray Thee, and commend them to Thy gracious protection. Be Thou, O God, their guide and guardian in all their endeavors; lead them in the path of Thy truth, and draw them near to Thee, that they may lead a godly and righteous life in Thy love and fear; doing Thy will in all matters. Give them grace that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption of this life; and direct them in the way of salvation, for the merits of Thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.*



(*Original prayer includes the line, "and the intercessions of His Holy Mother and Thy blessed saints," which I excluded because the intercession of Mary and/or passed saints is not part of my tradition.)

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