"The solution is to be found through the sanctification of the parents. Become saints and you will have no problems with your children." Father Porphyrios , Wounded By Love

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Praying for Our Kids

My husband and I came across this most beautiful "Akathist to the Mother of God,
Nurturer of Children"
compiled by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes which I highly suggest printing. It has added a dimension to my prayer life with words that seem to encompass all my thoughts and feelings! And who better suited to intercede for our kids than Panagia, the Mother of God. Here's a small sample...and the link to the full text which just takes a few minutes to pray.

Ikos 3

Having received my children from God, I do not desire to behold them dwelling in eternal torment, but rather to see them written in the Book of Life and made inheritors of eternal life. For Thy sake, O Most Pure Virgin, incline Thine ear to my supplication, as I cry to Thee:

Raise my children to flee eternal torment.
Raise my children to inherit life eternal.
Raise my children to pass the course of their life in Repentance.
Raise my children to labor to acquire the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Raise my children to exert effort to attaint the Kingdom of Heaven.
Raise my children to be written in the Book of Life.
Raise my children (names), O Lady, to be made worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and make them heirs of eternal blessings.


At the end of this webpage, you can also find these additional prayers:

* Prayer of Parents to the Mother of God
* Prayer to the Guardian Angel
* Prayer for Children Who Have Difficulty Learning
* Prayer for Unborn Infants

These are also adaptable for Godparents and Grandparents. Enjoy~


Susan Sophia said...

I absolutely love this Akathist! I purchased the booklet years ago and someone recently gave it to me as a give as well. I recently have tried very hard to make a habit of praying a portion everyday! I'm almost to my 3 week point in which I hope it will be a habit. (You know the saying it takes 3 weeks to make or break a habit.)
I've had a deep desire to do this for a very long time now and I'm finally at a place where I feel it is possible.
I've also had more than one person tell me I should work on memorizing it. One lady said it was the advice of a nun to her to do that.

::Sylvia:: said...

I too LOVE this service. I'm trying very hard to get into the habit of reading it every morning with my morning prayers before my son starts school. With everything that goes on in public schools nowadays I will feel much better knowing that I've covered him with prayers to the Most Holy Theotokos.

We also love the one to the Guardian Angel as well. :)

Anonymous said...

our parish prays this Akathist the 4th Sunday of each month before Liturgy. It is beautiful sung and prayed together.

nicoleta said...

This Akatist is very beautiful. I would like to translate it in romanian language. Do you think I need the author's aproval?

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