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Prayers Before and After Meals

Before Breakfast

Trinity most holy, have mercy on us. Cleanse us of our sins, O Lord; pardon our transgressions, O Master; look upon our weaknesses and heal them, O Holy One; for the sake of Your name.


After Breakfast

More honorable than the cherubim and by far more glorious than the seraphim; ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word, O true Mother of God, we magnify you.

Before the Noon Meal

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. Amen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Lord, have mercy. (3) Give the blessing.

O Christ God, [by the prayers of our holy fathers] bless this food and drink for Your servants, for You are holy, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.


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Молитви При Трапезі

Молитва перед обідом

Отче наш:

Слава: і нині:

Господи, помилуй (3). Благослови.

Христе Боже, благослови їду і пиття ра­бам Твоїм, бо Ти святий єси, завжди, нині, і повсякчас, і нa віки віків. Амінь.



Молитва no обіді

Благодаримо Те6е, Христе, Боже наш, що наситив нас Твоїми земними благами. He позбав нас і небесного Твого царства, але, так як Ти прийшов був, Спасе, поміж учнів Твоїх і мир дав їм, прийди й до нас і спаси нас.

Слава: і нині:

Господи, помилуй (3). Благослови.

Благословен Бог, що милує і живить нас із Своїх багатих дарів, Свовю благодаттю і чоловіколюбієм, завжди, нині, і повсякчас, і на віки віків. Амінь.


Молитва перед вечерею

Нехай їдять убогі і наситяться, і просла­влять Бога ті, що шукають Його; живими будуть їх серця повік віку. Амінь.

Слава: I нині:

Господи, помилуй (3). Благослови.

Христе Боже, благослови їду і пиття ра­бам Твоїм, бо Ти святий Еси, завжди, нині, і повсякчас, і ua віки віків. Амінь.


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The History of Sunday Observance

"Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day." (Ехodus 20, 8)

In the Old Testament a separate commandment of God prescribed the observance of the Sabbath day. This day was to serve as a continual reminder to the Israelites of the creation of the world, of all that God had done for them and of the covenant Не made with the people. In the New Testament this obligation of worshipping God was transferred to Sunday. The decree of the Second Vatican Council on the "Constitution on the Liturgy" declares: "Ву a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ's resurrection, the Church celebrates the paschal mystery every eighth day; with good reason this, then, bears the nam of the Lord's Day or Sunday."  


The Sabbath Law commanded above all rest from all physical labor. The chief Sunday obligation of the first Chris­tians was to encounter the risen Christ by participating in the Sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist and uniting with Him in Holy Communion.


Small wonder, then, that Sunday from the very beginning was kept as an important feast of the Lord and the foundation of the Liturgical Year. The observance of Sunday has a long and interesting history, which, because of its importance, we shall briefly outline over the Sundays of St Philips Fast.