That the whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.” Why do we pray this prayer, when past experience tells us that it will not be fulfilled today?

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Synopsis: In the last litany of Vespers and Matins we pray "That the whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us ask of the Lord." Why do we pray this prayer, when past experience tells us that it will not be fulfilled today? Do we mean what we say, or are these just words? We look into the meaning and intent of this prayer and why it is so important. We should understand what we pray, why we pray and what we must do to indicate to the Lord that we mean what we pray.

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One Response to “That the whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.” Why do we pray this prayer, when past experience tells us that it will not be fulfilled today?”

  1. helen boukas says:

    May God grant you many years, Father Seraphim.  I just listened to this sermon and I cannot wait until Monday to take it down in shorthand so I can transcribe it.  This is a wonderful sermon in which you bring out the important point of praying fervently and forcefully, which is a theme I hear in almost all of your sermons.  Thank you, Father Seraphim, for caring so much.  I really want this sermon and this information to be available for all to read.
     

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