Wisdom (Sapienta)

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (The sign of the cross should be made in remembrance of your baptism)

O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.  Amen.

The Magnificat

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
 as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Readings for the Evening: 

Psalms 90

Proverbs 8:1, 22-32

I Corinthians 2:1-13

John 1:1-5

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.  Amen.

Personal Prayers and Petitions


Stir up your power, O Lord, and come among us with great might, that the sins which weigh us down may quickly be lifted by your grace and mercy;  through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord Almighty order our days and our deeds in His peace.  Lord, be pleased to deliver us.  O God, make haste to help us.   Come quickly, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

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The Church of St. John the Theologian
Ohrid, Macedonia

Having visited Ohrid, Macedonia several years back, then making numerous trips to Bulgaria later on, I gained a special appreciation for Orthodox Christianity, and for Eastern Europe, in general.  Amidst all my study and reading about historic Christianity, I stumbled across a great website called Prologue from Ohrid, an online adaption of a book by the same name written by Serbian Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic.  He served as the Bishop of Ohrid, which was the center of Eastern European Christianity for many generations.  Velimirovic was a paradoxical figure in some respects, accused of being anti-semitic because of some of his writings; but then it was widely known that he helped rescue a Jewish family from persecution during WWII.  He was regarded in Serbia as “The New Chrysostom”, indicating the high esteem in which he was held in that region.  In spite of any controversy, he compiled a great collection of reflections for us to read and consider in the form of The Prologue.  Velimirovic eventually immigrated to the US, where he served at several Orthodox seminaries before his passing in 1956.  He is regarded as a saint by the Orthodox Church.

The Prologue is a collection of reflections, homilies, and biographies of saints of the Church.  It’s a priceless assemblage of information, in my own humble opinion.  The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America has very graciously provided us all with an online link to daily readings from The Prologue.  Please take some time to explore the site, and if you can, make it a part of your daily devotional time.

Finally, to learn more about Ohrid, Macedonia and that city’s important role in the development of European Christianity, please visit here...