Церква – це притулок для душі надійний

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Церква – це притулок для душі надійний;
Схованка від гріха, світу, турбот;
Господар у гостинності постійний;
Диво подарує, захистить від скорбот.

Приходь у Церкву не до когось, а до Бога,
Він – Життя, Правда, Дорога.
Дякуй за все; що душа потребує – молися;
З вірою, надією, любов’ю за справу берися.

Image credit: Erik Lizee, “MaligneLakeBaldHills” 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 26.11.2017

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All I have I owe to God

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All that I have, I owe to God:
My teeth, my eyes, my feet.
He raises me from every fall;
He nourishes me with fruit and wheat.

Peace and freedom are given by Him.
He strengthens me with a prayer!
His love and support for us never cease!
All that I have, I have by His care.

Image credit: TrshFsh, “Etherington Creek Provincial Recreation Area, Alberta, Canada – creek banks” June 6, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 16.11.2014

Peace

Love peace and cling to it,
But be ready that some may search for war.
This desire of theirs is a pit.
They will lose, they won’t even get a draw.

Pray for yourself, your family, and neighbour,
Pray for love and peace, but be ready
That some may despise your labour.
In all trust in God Who makes us steady.

And let your Christian banner float, whether you work or dine.
Let your simple light shine!
Have salt in yourself and have love.
You long for peace and you will see the peace dove.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 17.02.2015

Oh come, let us worship and bow down before Christ

Oh come, let us worship and bow down
Before Christ our God, let us sing psalms!
Come, let us rejoice in village and in town!
Let us give alms!

Let no one be upset.
It is Easter, the Feast of feasts, the greatest Day!
It is time to forgive any debt,
It is time to soften our hearts and to pray.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 10.04.2015

Pray on

The darkest hour
Is before the dawn.
A bud comes before a flower;
Mud grows a beautiful lawn…

Your hope is your light,
Keep it in sight.
Your anchor is faith, true.
Love is your cleansing bath, keep it if you want to break through.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 17.10.2017

When I am in trouble, I pray

When I am in trouble, I pray
And then try to do all I can.
I can’t explain the bright ray
Which crosses the gloom and improves my plan.

That’s how we know God loves us all,
He hears each our call.
The Father and the Friend till the end of times,
It is beyond the rhymes…

His help is obvious and swift,
God helps us, it needs no seal.
Not unassisted, not by chance we get lift,
Let’s keep our hearts open to feel.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 22.05.2007

Prayer and time

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When I pray, I have more time
To fulfill my tasks, to compose a rhyme.
It seems you lose minutes when you pray –
Believe, you gain hours and a day.

Image credit: AniKov, “Banff mountains” May 21, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.10.2017

Live as if tomorrow never comes

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We tend to live
As if we are here forever.
We keep things forgetting to give;
We tend to be thrifty rather than clever.

But what if tomorrow never comes?
What if God calls us today?
Do we realize to what our life sums?
Therefore, act boldly, remember to love, and pray.

Image credit: Philippe Cabot, “Banff National Park – Lake Herbert” August 9, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 04.09.2017

Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне

Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне!
Нехай прийде перед Тобою моління раба Твого смиренне.
Дякую, Боже, за Твою Любов!
За захист знов і знов!

На кожному шляху мого життя –
У спеку, у мороз, у тиші, під час вітру виття,
Ти благословив раба Твого щедрими дарами:
Родиною, здоров’ям, навчанням, житлом і хлібами.

Боже, я дякую Тобі за всіх і за все!
Нехай у мирі раб Твій моління піднесе.
Нехай Ласка Твоя, нехай Любов Твоя спасе!
Раб Твій нехай подячну молитву принесе.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.02.2013

Believe

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Believe as long as possible, believe.
It is always easy to leave –
Keep on trying, being persistent in good:
Studying, resting, praying, saying, working under a hood.

Be ready to say “no” to bad things
Because they will encapsulate your neck and nose with rings.
Before you answer, reflect and pray:
Give it a thorough test before you say
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 09-10.02.2015

Хай славиться ім’я Твоє повіки!

Хай славиться ім’я Твоє повіки!
Алилуя! Він з океану виточує ріки;
Бог наш перетворює пустелю на оазу;
А струмок нечестивих засихає одразу.

Як величні діла Твої, Боже. Так!
Розкаяне серце квітне і то є знак:
Безмежна Твоя милість, безкрая любов!
Від повноти серця, що Ти нам дав, заспіваємо знов.

Восхвалемо Тебе, Благий, за все.
В молитві, у пісні, у праці, в ділах; і немовля свій сміх піднесе.
І все нам під силу, коли Ти з нами!
Як Блажений Ти Боже, наділив Ти нас усіма дарами!
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 22.01.2007

You know better than I

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God, let me remember
That You know better than I,
January through December:
When I pray, when I say, and when I cry.

Continue spreading Your grace
Without which Your slave
Would have worst things to face:
Illness, poverty, failure, grave.

You know better than I.
Let it be so
Whether I stand or lie
Let Your slave prosper in You and with You let him grow.

Image credit: Aofi, “MtFairview2” February 20, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 01.04.2017

Avoid war by all means

Avoid war by all means;
In it no one wins.
Shame is on those who unleash wars,
Who lie and break laws.

Repent and seek peace
Or vanish with all yours to the last piece.
Pray, may God help you find the way.
Believe there is a chance for you whatever they say.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 14.09.2014

Don’t let your sadness go too far

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Don’t let your sadness go too far –
There is a measure in all.
Don’t be upset over spilt milk from a jar,
Say “forgive me” and bring down the wall.

If you had a quarrel today,
Do all you can to repair:
Give back, support, comfort, pray…
Only avoid despair.

Image credit: Alan D. Wilson (modified by Diliff), “Canada goose flight cropped and NR” February 14, 2008 (current), via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 12.12.2016

Try everything

When you are too afraid to go,
Try everything – all worthy things to grow.
When you are ready to quit,
Just try your wit.

In all good business keep smart and fair;
Before you make an important decision, remember to say a prayer.
Be simple and clever,
Be grateful ever.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 20.11.2016

Be clever

Love God with all your heart,
Always in prayer, thank for success.
If you have problems, use them to improve your “learn and move on” art –
By doing so you will achieve more, not less.

Be cheerful, with lightness in heart,
Know that night will not last forever.
The morning is soon to start!
In the meanwhile, be clever!
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 09.09.2012

До Пресвятої Богородиці

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Присвята Богородице, дякую Тобі за приклад:
“Я ж Господня раба,” Ти сказала;
І таким Твого життя є виклад:
Все життя Ти Богу щиро віддала.

Бог Тебе забрав до Себе коли Ти заснула –
Ти разом із Ним перебуваєш
І нашу щиру молитву до Тебе завжди чуєш і чула
І від бід і скорбот нас визволяєш.

Дякую Тобі, Пресвята Богородице, за молитви неперестанні,
За велику любов і допомогу,
За настанови Твої вечірні і ранні,
За те, що наші прохання, скорботи приносиш Богу.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 02.10.2016

God will make a way

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Believe as much as you can!
For the things you need – pray.
To give best things to you is His plan.

Image credit: Cephas, “RJC1 PJC” August, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 07.08.2016

To forgive

When I do wrong, I ask to forgive.
The Father and people always do and so I happily live.
But how often, how easy do I pardon in turn?
I have so much to learn…

I am aching for a change,
I believe I am able to arrange.
I only pray for being sage,
I do need wisdom which never knows rage.

But first of all I want to thank.
People are kind to me who has neither much money nor a high rank.
Thank Thee, Father, for all,
Especially for love, Thou hear every call!
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 15.07.2007

Great and Only God

Original:
Боже Великий Єдиний
Боже Великий Єдиний,
Нам Україну храни,
Волі і світу промінням
Ти її осіни.
Світлом науки і знання
Нас усіх просвіти,
В чистій любові до краю
Ти нас, Боже, зрости.
Молимось, Боже Єдиний,
Нам Україну храни,
Всі Свої ласки, щедроти
Ти на люд Свій зверни.
Дай йому волю, дай йому долю,
Дай, Боже, народу
Многая, многая літа.

Translation:
Great and Only God
Great and Only God,
Safeguard our Ukraine,
Enlighten her
With the rays of freedom and light.
Enlighten us, children,
With the light of learning and knowledge;
O God, raise us
In pure love for the Land.
We pray, Only God,
Safeguard our Ukraine;
Bestow on Your people
Your great mercy and grace.
Give us freedom, give us luck,
Give us good world, happiness;
Give, o God, to Your people
Many and many years.
                                                                              Monday 14.12.2005

Good fasting

Fasting can and should be for pleasure –
Even with fasting we need to know measure.
Fasting that is unhealthy
Is not pleasing to God, be it a poor man or wealthy.

Let your fasting be good for body and soul;
Let it help you achieve your spiritual goal;
Let it be helpful for charity and prayer;
Let it help you become a better Christian on every layer.
Iaroslav                                                         Thursday 05.05.2016

Easter

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Easter is knocking at doors.
What a wonderful day!
We can open hearts’ stores!
It’s a day of love, of the hopeful ray!

Death will always lose.
It will never own.
Let a winning hymn make a cruise!
How high our song has flown!

Our prayers are heard!
You are not alone.
God takes care even of a bird!
Smile! Believe, you won’t knock against a stone.

Iaroslav                                            Saturday – Monday 22-24.04.2006
(Easter: Sunday April 23, 2006)

Saints Among Us

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Have you ever thought
That there are saints among us?
In the street, in Church, at school, at work, on a bus?
Maybe, when you forgot

To lock your car,
They were there for you.
They went the way all the way through.
They cared whether you were close or far.

They looked after your baby.
They fed your dog.
They protected against a rogue.
They did not read your mind, maybe,

But they prayed for you every day.
I know, somebody hurt us in the past –
Now for seeing good stuff we are not fast,
But let’s keep our hearts open June through May.

Image credit: Keith, “Canada Goose Turning Right” March 27, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 18.04.2016

Wisdom begins with the fear of God

Wisdom begins with the fear of God indeed:
It will help you in studies, work, and every need.

But what does it mean to fear God in the right way?
To cease from doing and freeze? No, but to work hard and to pray.

The fear of the Lord shows itself in doing:
In loving God and with His commandments continuing canoeing;

In helping those who really need,
In giving food to those whom you can feed.

Thank God for all you have and had:
For the happy moments and the ones which were sad.

Because He loves you.
He wants you to be happy and to succeed, oh how much it is true!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 18.03.2015

You are the only thing that’s blinding

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The sun is shining,
But you are the only thing that’s blinding.
All this time, girl, where have you been hiding?
You are like a yacht that’s gliding.

We enjoy our shared time
You write the best greetings for me, and I compose you a rhyme.
We cook and enjoy our meal together.
When we pray we are lighter than a feather.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 10.01.2016

Треба помолитися, щоб не помилитися

Треба помолитися, щоб не помилитися –
Так краще працювати і так краще битися.
Православна молитва – річ сильна:
Через неї – перемоги, через неї людина – вільна…
Iaroslav                                            Wednesday – Friday 06-08.01.2016

Only lazy people can’t fly

Only lazy people can’t fly
Because an Orthodox prayer is like a wing.
In doubt? Then you should try:
Thank for all, repent, and ask; pray in silence or sing.
Iaroslav                                            Wednesday – Friday 06-08.01.2016

Rejoice

However much you pray,
Rejoice, live life to the fullest each day.
Regardless of how much you fast, rejoice.
In anything you do, refine your choice.

Whatever you do, add love to it:
If you sew a suite, cut enough love to make a good fit;
If you make a salad, sprinkle it with love to perfect the taste;
If you write a computer code, insert love to go beyond copy and paste.
Iaroslav                                            Monday – Tuesday 28-29.12.2015

Up vector

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I have been running from believing,
Trying to find happiness elsewhere
Losing things instead of receiving
And found happiness nowhere.

The more I live, the more I see –
There is one way:
Up and it is free;
To choose love in all situations, to pray.

Image credit: Benefactor123, “Alberta – Lake Louise – Lake view 01” September 16, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 28.11.2015

Veterans

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They gave their lives
That we may enjoy the things we like.
Due to them peace thrives;
Without fear I can ride my bike.

Thank you
For you have showed courage, faith, and love.
You have prepared the place for the peace dove.
Every day you stood to your duty anew.

We remember and pray for you.
We live because your courageous deeds were true.
We enjoy hockey, pancakes, maple syrup, and barbecue.
Your glory did not fade, it grew.

Image credit: Emilian Robert Vicol, “Red-Poppy-Flower-Field 29642-480×360 (4900386946)” August 16, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 11.11.2015

Never let your praying knees get lazy

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Never let your praying knees get lazy.
Add love to all the things you do.
Let your words be as beautiful and simple as a daisy.
Let the things you say be true.

Be polite, hold the door, say thank you at once.
When you are wrong, apologize.
This may be hard at first glance,
But this will help you to awesomize.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 07.11.2015

Life of a modern scholar

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What is life of a modern scholar like?
He (let us use masculine for the purpose of convenience)
Gets up, brushes teeth, drinks water, prays, and rides his bike.
He does not start his day with scholarly opinions.

He returns from his workout,
Takes shower, if required,
Has his breakfast, sometimes with sauerkraut.
He does not start work until after meal to avoid being tired.

When the meal is done,
It’s time to tackle tasks;
But for lunch he is gone
To eat, to rest, to prepare to answer whatever his class asks.

When his work (research and classes)
Is done for the day,
He puts away bulbs and weird masses,
He returns home without delay.

He has his dinner before six o’clock.
This meal is lightest, lunch is mid,
Breakfast is heartiest – this rule is like a rock.
He rejoices over what he did.

Besides his usual things,
He goes to a swimming pool twice a week.
He goes to Church on Sunday to share prayer and what the Lord graciously gives.
He makes healthy food, he is meek.

He likes reading books about adventures,
Enjoys spending time with family and friends.
He does charity and other worthy ventures.
At 9pm his day ends.

He goes to bed at this time.
He prays, brushes teeth, washes his face.
This scholar likes wise and harmless rhyme.
Things in life are to be taken at a moderate pace.

Image credit: Chuck Szmurlo (Cszmurlo), “Mount-Yamnuska2-Szmurlo” September 23, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 29.10.2015

Bless the Lord, all you His servants

Bless the Lord, all you His servants
Bless the Lord, all you who come to Church,
Who spend your time in constant search
Of His Love and Way!
Bless the Lord when you do, when you speak, when you pray!
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 14.07.2015

Make me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning

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Make me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning
For I trust in You each day.
Make me know the way I should go in life and learning
For I lift up my soul to You and pray.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 01.08.2015

Lord, You are the Same

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Oh Lord, You are the Same.
You are still with us, You still cure;
You can still heal a person who is lame.
When we travel, You make our way secure.

Oh Lord, You are the Same.
Your Love is so Pure, so Deep.
You help us achieve any good aim.
You still care for Your sheep.

How great Your deeds are in our lives!
You help us cope with all.
You are beside, however deep man dives.
Oh Lord, save us all, rich and poor, big and small.

When I pray, I know You hear my prayer
Because You are the Same.
You are with us, with a jobless and a mayor.
You hear all who call upon Your Name.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.07.2015

Acquisition of the Holy Spirit

The fast and the prayer are not ultimate goals;
The aim is acquisition of the Holy Spirit indeed.
The Holy Spirit comforts our souls
And works to remove every weed.

But the fast and the prayer are wings
Bringing us closer to God in any situation.
The Holy Spirit helps us to find all the good things.
Acquire the Holy Spirit regardless of where you were born, when, and to what nation.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 10.07.2015

Once upon a time

Once a man committed a crime:
He stole something at that time.
Then the police were on his trail.
The man was spotted by a friar.

The latter took him to his monastery cell
And treated his wounds very well.
When the police came after their prey,
The monk did not betray.

Since then the man often prayed
And both souls were saved.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 05.08.2012

Do good till you have strength to do so

Do good till you have strength to do so!
Two, three or more times in a row
And let your own business thrive
Because God gives and does not deprive.

Start now and patient be,
Let good health be granted to thee.
When in hardships, let us pray.
Let’s do good things without delay!
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Monday 13-14.05.2012