"...If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place." ~ 2 Chronicles 7: 14-15.
When making prayer requests, please keep in mind that St George’s Mission is not a monastery, that we do not have a secretary, that our priest is not currently assisted by a deacon, and that he is employed also outside the parish. So with prayer requests, please note the following:
- A prayer request will be for a specific time period—it will not become a permanent addition to our parish commemoration list.
- Ordinarily, a prayer request will be honored at the next Liturgy after it is received; if there is a specific significant date (for example, a surgery, an interview, an examination, a graduation, an anniversary, etc.), please let us know so that we can extend the time if necessary.
- In the case of an ongoing illness, please let us know that it is a continuing matter, and send a fresh request after two weeks.
- We would be delighted to remember people in thanksgiving when sickness passes or surgery is successful, and so forth (and the Lord would like to be thanked, too).
- A request for prayer for someone newly departed this life will be honored at Liturgies for forty days, so please include the departure date. The parish does not keep track of anniversaries of deaths for those who are not members of the mission parish, so if you want us to remember someone on the anniversary, please send a timely request each year.
- Requests for Memorial services (Mnemosyne, Panikhida): the name(s) will be included at the next parish occasion (these happen several times a year, but not every week); if you request a special service, you must guarantee that you will be present for it, and in this case, we will be in touch to arrange dates and times.
- Please do not use the website to send requests for lighting candles; rather, please send such requests in regular mail; it is appropriate to include an offering for the candle(s), as you would do if you were present. Be aware that we have only tapers for the use of the faithful, and these generally last through a Divine Liturgy; we do not have eight-day candles or similar items. Requests for candles that are sent through regular mail will be honored at the next parish service after they are received.
- When our pastor receives a request that an intention be included in his private prayers, he usually honors it when it is received; it does not become a permanent addition to his prayer list.