O Word great in mercy, stooping with goodness and compassion, shower down from heaven upon the earth the streams of your divine mercy for our salvation. Stained with foul passions, Savior, we defile the atmosphere with dread actions; but grant us, Lord, genuine repentance.
Look on us, Savior, with an eye of mercy, and turn from the earth, we beg, the destruction which comes from poisonous and senseless actions. - Troparia for September 1st, the Day of Prayer for Creation
While praying vespers for the environment last night, this line “but grant us, Lord, genuine repentance” stopped me in my tracks and has stuck with me. The entire text is so theologically rich which is why when asked, the Church proclaims, we believe what we sing.
“Our starting point is always wrong. Instead of beginning with ourselves,we always want to change others first and ourselves last. If everyone would begin first with themselves, then there would be peace all around!” +++Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica