Grant us to complete this holy day
We use this phrase every day in the prayer of
thanksgiving of Agpeya the book of hours, and we
want it to be the issue of our contemplations now.
As we ask for a new gift from God, we should
realize that our whole life is a gift from God; God
granted us the gift of existence, He granted us life,
granted us mind and many other uncountable things…
The word [grant us] when we follow it and
its synonyms in the Agpeya prayers we find that
there are many things which man asks God for
For example we say in the Morning Prayer:
Grant us to please You this present day!
Imagine that every person asks God to grant him
how to please Him!
It’s a mistake always made by many people that
they present this as a promise or a vow!! They say I
promise You God that I will do so and so!! Or that I
take a vow to do so!! Whereas it is more appropriate
that a person asks God to grant him what he intends
to do saying "grant me Lord to please You…" that's a
supplication which is according to God's will and God
said "Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be
full" (Jn 16:24).
We ask the Lord also to grant us Purity or
It is not just an outcome of a personal effort in
That is why in the third hour prayer we ask the
Holy Spirit to: "purify us from all defilement, O Good
One, and save our souls".
We also say: "purify us from all defilement of
body and spirit. Change us into a spiritual
manner of life, that we may walk in the Spirit
and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh".
It is also supplications and not vows that we
We are not taking a vow in front of the Lord that
we will live in a spiritual manner of life. We are not
taking vows to stay away from the lusts of the flesh
and not to fall in sin, we rather ask for this grace
And so we say in the sixth hour prayer: "Rescue
our minds from thoughtlessness of the earthly deeds
and worldly lusts, to the remembrance of Your
heavenly commandments". "Grant us, O God, a
glorious time, a spotless conduct, and a peaceful life"
The Agpeya teaches us that all our spiritual life
we do ask for it as a gift from God.
This doesn't mean not to work hard! No, we ask
God to make His Holy Spirit work in us and at
the same time we participate by our effort with
the help of God's Spirit. And so we are in a
"Communion of the Holy Spirit". Thus, spiritual life is
a gift from God added to it our own interacting and
effort from our side…
And in the prayer of the ninth hour we also ask for
the same gift and say: "And grant us to walk
worthy of the calling with which we were
Indeed, we must walk in a spiritual manner of life
yet we say to God: "grant us to walk" which means
giving us the will, the power and the desire for doing
the good deeds and the ability needed for
In the ninth hour prayer we say: "abolish for us
the power of the adversary and all his evil armies",
and in the vesper prayer we say:
"Save us from the trickeries of the
adversary, and abolish all the snares which are
set against us".
We also say "Grant us, in this coming night,
peace without pain, or anxiety, or unrest, or illusion"
He whoever dreams bad or sinful dreams at night,
had he prayed before sleeping saying "Grant us, in
this coming night, peace without pain, or anxiety, or
unrest, or illusion…"?!
In the twelfth hour prayer we say:
"Graciously accord, O Lord, to keep us this
night without sin…"
It is also a supplication not just promises and
vows that we take! We ask the Lord to keep us
Many people might ask God to keep them from
temptations and from evil persons, but rarely few
people ask God to keep themselves from falling into
Concerning repentance and judgment, the
worshipper says in the midnight prayer: "Give me, O
Lord, many fountains of tears, as You gave, in
the past, the sinful woman". And says to God
about the day of judgment: "grant us in that Hour to
be without fear, anxiety or condemnation…"
To summarize: you ask God for the spiritual life
as a gift from Him, you ask Him to keep you every
day without sin, to keep you from all the trickeries of
the adversary, you ask God to purify you from all
defilement of body and spirit making His Holy Spirit
work inside you.
We proceed in our supplication saying:
"Grant us to complete this day…"
Which means that every day of your life is a gift,
completing this day is also a gift, so continuing your
daily life is not just an ordinary thing as the Agpeya
prayer shows you that every day which passes of your
life is a gift.
We also say:
"Grant us to complete this holy day". So what
is the meaning of 'holy'?
There are holy days which no one argues in its
holiness, as the feasts and the days of fasting which are
all holy days, the day of the Lord is also a holy day, the
day of partaking from the Holy Communion is a holy
day as well…is holiness restricted to only such
No, the day in which you pray is a holy day
and so should all the days of your life be as holy.
That is because these days are in God's possession
as it was said that He made us "holy people to Himself"
(Dt 28:9). It is a holy life in baptism and holy chrism, in
the Holy Communion; we abide in him and him in us
(Jn 6:56), as the branch abides in the vine (Jn 15:4),
and the vine's juice passes through granting it life…
In the old days, the believers were called
saints. As Saint Paul the apostle says "Greet every
saint in Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:21). And as St. Paul said in
honoring true widows that: "if she has lodged
strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet" (1 Ti
5:10). But now the word (saint) is said about those who
have elevated level of spiritual live…
And as we continue the prayer saying "Grant us to
complete this holy day…"
Is your manner of life in this day entails that it
is a (holy day)?
Ask yourself: what does a holy day look like? When
we were young youths, they used to give us a spiritual
practice for a (holy day) and it was un-doubtfully a holy
We say in our prayer: this holy day, and all the
days of our life…
So are all the days of your life holy? And how much
days are not?
We say "In all peace with your fear".
It’s peace with God, with people and peace
inside the soul.
Peace with God because the sin causes us to lose
this peace as sin is not only disobeying God but also
being apart from Him, the sin was called sometimes in
the bible "Enmity with God" (Jas 4:4). So we should
always be in reconciliation with God so that we would
be in peace with Him, and no reconciliation is attained
except through repentance. And the apostle says "Be
reconciled to God (2 Co 5:20)".
So, reconciling with God is crucial because sin
makes God angry with you, God's anger and His
condemnation are mostly serious and the bible says
about His judgment "It is a fearful thing to fall into
the hands of the living God" (He 10:31).
As for peace with other people, the apostle says
"If it is possible, as much as depends on
you, live peaceably with all men" (Ro 12:18).
Peace from our side and also peace towards
how other people treat us, which means feeling no
harm and not getting outworn regarding how they
treat us. As for both ways we ask God not to help
us not to lose our peace.
We ask God also to give us internal peace:
So that we won't be disturbed, worried or
annoyed but instead to have internal tranquility,
calmness and peace. This needs first that we would
be in good terms wit God as "There is no peace,
says the Lord, for the wicked" (Is 48:22).
That is why we say in our prayers "In all peace
with your fear".
Truly, the fear of God guards us from every
If man has his heart with God he can never fall
into sin as he is always aware that God is there
witnessing, listening and judging, and so this man
says with Josef the righteous: "How then can I do
this great wickedness, and sin against God" (Gn
39), and also says with Elijah the prophet: "As the
Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand" (1 K
The man whom his heart is with God fears also
that sin might separate him from God and hence
the spirit of the Lord might depart from him and
also the angels would leave him, he also fears God's
condemnation and the fearful day of judgment
during which books will be revealed and deeds will
be exposed, thoughts and intensions as well will be
announced. How shameful will that day be that
people will be amazed!!
That is why the bible says "The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of wisdom".
And it was said about the unjust judge "who did
not fear God nor regard man" (Lk 18:2). Because
he who doesn't fear God can always treat anyone
badly and he whoever is fearless can do whatever
In the prayer of absolution the priest says about
the person who is confessing: "Absolute him bless
him, fill him with your fear and guide him according
to Your holy will".
At this point some might object this issue of
'fear' remembering the saying of the bible:
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casts out fear" (1 Jn 4:18).
And at this point you also ask: and who of us
has reached this degree of perfect love?! By which
he "abides in God, and God in him" (1 Jn 4:16).
Let's begin with fear; and if we carry it out and
complete it we will then reach love.
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