"O Lord God of Hosts, God of our salvation, Who alone does wonders: in mercy and goodness, look upon Your humble servants, and as the Lover of Mankind, hear us and have mercy on us! For behold, enemies of our communities have gathered together to destroy us and to bring ruin and destruction in our families. Hear us, O God our Savior, and deliver us, for the Glory of Your Name, and grant that we may say with truth, as did Moses when he spoke to the Israelites and said: 'Be bold, and stand fast; and you shall see the salvation that comes from the Lord, for the Lord shall fight for you!' Yea, O God, our Savior, our Strength, our Hope, and our Protection: remember not the sins and the unrighteousness of Your people, and do not turn away from us because of Your anger; but in mercy and goodness look upon Your humble servants who bow down before Your loving-kindness. Rise up to help us, and grant that we may be victorious in this conflict. Grant forgiveness of sins to those, who in the mystery of Your Dispensation, may lose their lives in this cndeavor, and in the day of Your just retribution, bestow upon them crowns of incorruption. For You are the Protection, the Victory, and the Salvation of those who hope on You, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages, Amen!"
Offered on behalf of ALL the local communities in the Mon-Valley that are struggling to overcome the mindless violence that is permeating our neighborhoods this Summer.....Eve of Vidovdan, 2018