As the crisis engulfing Greece goes on, I thought I would add another prayer for all the sovereign nations and independent peoples of Europe.
A Prayer to the Mother of God
from the Small Paraklesis (Supplicatory Canon)
TO all who in faith come unto thee, thou dost give protection, O Good One, with thy mighty hand, for we sinners have no other as our unwavering, mediator with our God, in dangers and sorrows, we who have been burdened down with our abundant sins, Mother of our God in the Highest. Wherefore do thou rescue thy servants, who fall down before thee, from adversities.
JOY art thou of all that sorrow, and of the oppressed a protectress, and nurture of the poor, a comfort unto strangers, a staff thou art unto the blind, a visitation of all the sick, a help to the orphaned, and a shelter and assistance unto those brought down by pain. Mother of our God in the Highest, Thou that art, O Undefiled, hasten, we beseech thee, to redeem thy servants.
LADY do thou receive the petitions of thy servants, and deliver us, from every affliction and necessity.
Unto thee do I entrust, my every expectation, O Mother of God, keep me safe under thy shelter.
IT IS not the political or economic system that matters, but the tone of the relations among people: that is, whether good will reigns, or threat. The rest doesn’t matter.
Fr Nicolae Steinhardt, in his “Happiness Diary”.
A SOCIETY in which men and women are governed by belief in an enduring moral order, by a strong sense of right and wrong, by personal convictions about justice and honor, will be a good society—whatever political machinery it may utilize; while a society in which men and women are morally adrift, ignorant of norms, and intent chiefly upon gratification of appetites, will be a bad society—no matter how many people vote and no matter how liberal its formal constitution may be.
Russell Kirk (1918-1984), “Ten Principles of Conservatism”.