On Sunday, August 21, 2022, we welcomed visitors and friends to Christ the Savior for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and a Parish Beach Day at Assateague Island. Joining Archpriest Joseph Oleynik and Archpriest John Parsells were Archpriest Leonid Schmidt, Protodeacon John Oleynik and Protodeacon Peter Markevich. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy the following prayer was offered in gratitude to God for His many blessings to our little parish which just celebrated its patronal feast on August 16, with the commemoration of the Icon Not-Made-By-Hands.
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, the God of all mercies and bounties, Whose mercy is immeasurable, and whose love for mankind is an unfathomable deep: falling down in adoration before Thy majesty, with fear and trembling, as unprofitable servants, and now humbly rendering thanks unto Thy loving-kindness for Thy benefits bestowed upon us. We thank Thee, O Lord, for having become one of us, suffering, dying and rising again, by which Thou hast reopened to us the doors of Paradise. We thank Thee O Lord, for Thy One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, Orthodox Church, through which Thy teachings are preserved and practiced, and we are led to Thee. We thank Thee, O Lord, for the Saints whom Thou hast given us as role models and as intercessors before Thy Judgment Seat. We thank Thee, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, temptations and restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit. We thank Thee, O Lord, for the sufferings Thou didst bestow upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and reminding us of the “one thing needed,” Thine eternal Kingdom. We thank Thee, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship Thee. We thank Thee, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children who teach us how to celebrate Thy holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise. We thank Thee, O Lord, for everyone and everything. And especially, O Lord, on this day, our patronal feast, we thank Thee for the great gift of this parish community where we gather in Thy holy Name to worship Thee in Spirit and Truth, to share our joys and sorrows in fellowship with one another, to grow in our faith through studying and practicing Thy divine law, to struggle together to redirect our earthly passions heavenward, to be healed of our otherwise incurable wounds inflicted by sin, to see Thy Providential care over us both collectively and individually in the seemingly small as well as in great and marvelous acts of Thy goodness, and to rejoice in communion with Thee and each other through Thy presence with us and in us by the divine grace so graciously bestowed upon us unworthy though we be. Truly great art Thou, O Lord, and marvelous are Thy deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Thy miracles. Glory to Thee, O Christ God our Benefactor, together with Thine unoriginate Father, the Creator and Source of all things, and Thine All-holy, Good, and Life-giving Spirit, the Treasury of Blessings, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811