Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday Synaxis


(Painting: "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee," by Rembrandt)

O King of peace, grant unto us thy peace, for thou hast given us all things. Possess us, O God, for beside thee we know none other. We are called by thy name; quicken our souls, for thou art our God. It is thou that loosest them that are bound, and raisest up them that are cast down. Thou art the Hope of the hopeless, the Help of the helpless, the Comfort of the weakhearted, the Harbor of the tempest-tossed…O Physician of souls and bodies, Overseer of all flesh, visit us with thy salvation, thought Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
                                - Coptic Liturgy of St. Mark

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