Friday, 2 April 2010

“Bless My Enemies, O Lord!” [“Binecuvântează-mi vrăjmaşii, Doamne!”]

Unless our death doesn’t find us loving our enemies (following our Lord Jesus Christ at least to a 0.000...0001% degree), our life will have been utterly meaningless.

It’s very unlikely – if not altogether impossible – for us to find salvation as long as we don’t understand this commandment, because loving one’s enemies is not optional for a Christian.

St. Nikolai Velimirovich clearly understood it before his death, maybe even before he studied in the UK.

He went there to learn anything he could have learned from a secular society, wounded by nine centuries of heresy, but his faith was not ‘contaminated’ with dead-end humanist values.

Far be it from me to give the impression that there could be any resemblance between me and this Saint of the 20th century! Unlike me, he really practiced what he preached, and lived to the full his life of true follower of Christ.

But just like in St. Nikolai’s case, the more I got to know how Britons are, and found things worth of admiration (from a contemporary wisdom’s perspective), the more I realized how far away from Christ this so-called ‘Christian’ nation is.

Precisely because I love Britain, I can’t help telling the truth about it – the sheer inconvenient truth that many Brits bear witness to. One such secret of Polichinelle is that Christianity is the target of political correctness craziness in today’s UK.

I’m pretty sure that many won’t get the essence of St. Nikolai’s prayer , but Christ’s message will always be nothing more than insanity to any proud mind. And this is my ‘Pascha gift’ shared with my readers this year.

May the Lord bless anyone who reads this blog post, and may He open all those hearts of ours which are still ‘locked’ by pride, and unable to understand Him in the only correct (Orthodox) way as St. Nikolai did!

May we all get at least a glimpse of the seamless love for mankind that Christ showed while being crucified! May we all forgive our enemies, so that we could full-heartedly say to each other: Christ is risen!

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“Bless My Enemies, O Lord!”
(from Prayers by the Lake) – Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich

Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath your tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord! Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.
They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.
They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.
They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.
They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord! Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.
Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.
Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.
Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.
Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.
Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of your garment. Bless my enemies, O Lord!

Even I bless them and do not curse them. Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:
so that my fleeing to You may have no return;
so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;
so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;
so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;
so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;
ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.

It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies. Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies!

A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand. But a son blesses them, for he understands.

For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life. Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.

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Anonymous said...


I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35).

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).

I am the door; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture (John 10:9).

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me (John 10:11, 14).

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (John 11:25-26).

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

God bless you,

Anonymous said...

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MunteanUK said...

This the English translation of the above comment (Anonymous 16 August 2010 16:01)...

"Strangely, I was searching for was not it, Google gave your site, and apparently not in vain, there is something to read!"

I hope all of my readers are aware how reliable Google Translate is, however, my ego wants to believe that it's not any (rather usual by now) spam.

I've been deleting some spam in Russian lately, but what if this is not the case now, as there is no link included in the comment?

Maybe I really got a new reader, to whom I can only say "thanks for passing by" :-)