An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Archbishop DEMETRIOS of the GOC in America will offer the invocation this evening at the Republican National Convention. While I suspect that that portion stands a snow ball's chance in hell to make it on TV, we might hold out hope. I, for one, should very much like to hear what he prays: "Oh heavenly King, comforter..." perhaps? PBS is doing MUCH better (fuller) coverage than the networks.
Almighty and All-merciful Lord, we bow our heads in thanksgiving for the wealth of blessings seen and unseen that You have given us, the American people, through times of abundance and times of need, through times of war and times of peace. We thank you especially for the gifts of liberty and prosperity and for the call to be defenders and promoters of justice and freedom for all peoples.
Humbly we beseech You, Lord, to remember in kindness all our fellow Americans who in all times offered and continue to offer their lives in defense of this country and the sacred precepts of freedom, equality and justice upon which it is founded.
We also beseech you, O Lord, to bless the work of the delegates of this Republican Party Convention who have come together to carry forward our democratic institutions. Remember now your servants, President George W. Bush, and Vice-President Richard Cheney. Give them at all times the wisdom from above; the dedication to justice; the knowledge of the truth that sets us free; and above all the love, for this nation and for all people, both friend and foe alike.
Guide them to fulfill the duties of their office always in a way pleasing to You, for the good of our nation, for the peace and happiness of the world, and for the glory of Your Holy Name. For Yours alone is the dominion and the power and the glory forever. Amen.