Homilies on the Great Litany of the Divine Liturgy – Prayer for the Environment (Metr. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos)

Homilies on the Great Litany of the Divine Liturgy Prayer for the Environment 

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou


 Man will not be an autonomous being, a solitary individual, a being who lives in an infinite solitude, however is born and lives in an atmosphere, materials, social and familial. This atmosphere is a common dwelling in which there’s an entire world, with all its components, that’s, air, land and sea. After all, God first created the fabric world after which man, in order that he may enter as a king in his kingdom.This is the rationale why within the Great Petitions we tackle to God, the so-called “Great Litany”, firstly of the Divine Liturgy, we additionally pray for the world that surrounds us. “For favorable climate, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceable instances, allow us to pray to the Lord.” That is, allow us to pray to the Lord for good circumstances – mildness within the air, for the fruitfulness of the earth and for peaceable instances.

The Church teaches that after the sin of Adam and Eve, man’s relationship with the atmosphere modified, nature grew to become enraged and rebelled towards sinful man. Since then, a distinct scenario has prevailed and man has been engaged on the land with ache and toil. But each sin that man commits has surprising penalties for the entire creation. The Apostle Paul writes that “the entire creation groans and labors with beginning pangs collectively till now” (Rom. 8:22).

That is why we should beg God to create the best circumstances in nature, for there to be mildness within the atmosphere, for the instances to be peaceable, with out wars, in order that the earth will bear fruit and we will probably be fed usually to maintain ourselves in life.

This prayer have to be made particularly in our days, because the atmosphere, the air, the earth, the ocean, the springs, the rivers, the forests, are being polluted by numerous causes, which come from man, even genetic air pollution is noticed. When nature is “in a rush” to supply extra, then it turns into polluted, after which it additionally pollutes the human physique.

In specific, with this petition we consider farmers, breeders, fishermen and all these whose work relies on good environmental circumstances with a view to obtain the fruits of their labor and to be rewarded for his or her efforts.

This was primarily understood by the older generations of individuals, who lived in an agricultural society, had a relentless relationship with the atmosphere and anticipated God’s assist, they’d their consideration targeted on Him and begged Him typically to ship rain, typically to let the solar shine and so forth. Today, nonetheless, when the whole lot is industrialized, individuals’s consideration is directed to shops, factories, industrial areas, and that’s the reason religion is transferring away from God. They launch the merchandise they purchase from the earth, which have the sensation that they have been produced by some manufacturing facility and never by God.

However, with this prayer, the Church teaches us to hope to God for the atmosphere, the air, the earth, the ocean, the springs, the forests, all these issues that give us pure powers for fruitfulness. At the identical time, the Church teaches us to respect the atmosphere, to like it, to not destroy it, as a result of other than inflicting hurt to our well being and harming future generations, on the identical time we’re disrespecting creation, God’s “jewel”.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.



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