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Daily Devotion for November 24, 2013

“Sunday on Mount Athos”

<i>Pascha Russia</i> by Victor Petrovitch Koudrine ca. 1960
Pascha Russia by Victor Petrovitch Koudrine ca. 1960



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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret

Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming week in peace. Help me in all things to rely on Your holy will. Reveal Your will to me every hour of the day. Bless my dealings with all people. Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all.

In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unexpected events, let me not forget that all are sent by you. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the physical strength to bear the labors of this day. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray in me.


Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples.

Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in my life the work of Your grace and love.

Grant me the Spirit of Fear of the Lord that I may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.

the Spirit of Piety that I may find peace and fulfillment in serving You, while serving others;

the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with my salvation;

the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know You and know myself, and thus grow in holiness;

the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your truth;

the Spirit of Counsel that I may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;

Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may aspire to the things that last forever;

Teach me to be Your faithful disciple. Animate me with Your Spirit in every aspect of my life.


Community of Prayer

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Saint Peter Monastery

St. Peter Monastery (Simonpetra), one of twenty Orthodox monasteries on the holy Mt. Athos, an independent state in Greek Macedonia.

devotional fresco from monastery

A fresco from one of the monasteries.

Notes on the Devotion for Today

Psalm 95 sung by the monks of Simonopetra Monastery, Mt. Athos

We thought it would be a nice change of pace to shake things up and have “Mount Athos Orthodox Sunday.” (If you are by some chance a first-time visitor — this isn't the normal sort of devotion on Daily Prayer!)

Mount Athos is a peninsula in Greece, inaccessible from the land, owned and governed (as an autonomous Greek protectorate) by the monks of 20 Orthodox monasteries. Although Greek Orthodox for the most part, there are also a Russian, a Serbian, and a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery. Even more isolated are twelve communities of monastic hermits, called sketes. Historical documents on ancient Mount Athos history are very few. It is certain that monks have been there continuously since the fourth century, and possibly since the third.

No person other than the monks is permitted to live or sleep on Mt. Athos, although a restricted number of male visitors are accommodated each day.

The music comes from the Simonpetra (“Peter's Rock”) Monastery, first erected as a stone building in the 13th century (early monasteries were built of wood). Readers might want to read the English version of Psalm 95, below, as the chant plays.

Psalm 95 (ESV)

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”

Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”

devotional icon of Jesus and Mary

Three-handed Virgin, the most sacred icon of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It is roughly 1000 years old and is housed in the Hilander, one of the 20 monasteries on Mt. Athos.

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Proverbs 31:10-12 (KJV): Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

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Comments (10)

Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of November 24, 2013 | Daily Prayer
Ann (Fountain Hills, US) says...
I notice the "top scores" for the Bible Quiz does not include winners from the "easy" category. Is there a reason for this?
24th November 2013 1:26pm
Mason says...
Top scores are only reported for the "Daily Quiz", which includes questions about that day's Scripture.

They aren't reported for the Medium, Hard, or Mixed categories, either, which are created when you take them, i.e., different for every person.
24th November 2013 2:14pm
Karen Mueller (Northborough, US) says...
I also start every single morning by visiting this site. It brings me great comfort and I learn something new everyday. Thank you so much!
24th November 2013 1:11pm
Linda Mauer Macki (Kissimmee, US) says...
I absolutely love, love,love daily every morning when i read it and study from your site I feel that it was wtitten and the scriptures were selected that day just for me! Thank you for all your hard work that goes into running this site each day, just think of all the people that are being brought closer to Christ and seeking the will of God that your efforts facilitate each day. I would never think of starting my day without reading your site! God Bless you in all ways!
Thank you for your kind words, Linda.  I get more out of it than anyone. 

When I go to Bible study, I get the same feeling - that the Scripture was chosen just for me. And then I think - well, it was, actually, if you see what I mean.
24th November 2013 11:02am
patti says...
I use my kindle and unfortunately I am not able to play the music because I am missing a plug in.that aside, I want to say how grateful I am to have discovered this site.Thank you.
24th November 2013 7:38am
Mason says...
Try clicking on the red and blue button underneath the video box. One of them will work on a Kindle, usually.
24th November 2013 8:18am
Deacon Dottie (Delaware, US) says...
None of the buttons work for kindle or cell phone when the messages says "not in your country" or something like that. Must go to a regular computer.Sad
So interesting. So many questions. Thank you for always broadening horizons. Grin
24th November 2013 8:22am
Christine Conkling (Walton, US) says...
Would it be possible to have the music continue on page 2?Grin
24th November 2013 6:08am
Mason says...
Sure, we can stick it on the bottom of the left column.
24th November 2013 8:19am
Christine Conkling (Walton, US) says...
Would it be possible to have the music carry over to page 2?Smile
24th November 2013 6:06am
Elizabwth (Peoria, US) says...
To borrow an old movie line, Daily Devotions, "where have you been all of my life?" This website is exceptional in so many ways. its balance of song, art, prayer, and study. its options for more: quizzes, prayers, lyrics, scriptures. And, so important to me, in its truly ecumenical approach. Energy used on pointing out differences between Christian denominations is such a waste of the precious time God has given us on this earth and dims any hope of Christian unity. On ... Read More
23rd November 2013 11:27am
mary Pregler (Glen Saint Mary, US) says...
Mason, I am sitting here laughing! I feel that I some how got into a graduate level course and I'm still in Kindergarten. Your stretching my brain! Well they say exercise is good for you, so I'll try to keep up! This does keep us humble, and that's exactly where He wants to be. Keep up the good work!
23rd November 2013 8:51am
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