Blessing of Chariots

On Sunday, July 21st, at the end of the Divine Liturgy, we had the annual Blessing of Chariots (cars, trucks, bikes, etc), punctuated this year by a small plane flyover. It is a custom of Orthodox Christians to have their cars blessed both when newly acquired and on or near the feast of the Prophet Elias (July 20th), as he ascended as if into heaven on a fiery chariot. With a temperature of 100+° the chariots were truly fiery! We thank God for a truly blessed day!

Prayer for the Blessing of Automobiles

O Lord our God, Who makes the clouds Thy chariot and Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who has sent to Thy servant, the Prophet Elias, a chariot of fire, Who has guided man to invent this (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.) which is as fast as the wind.  We thank Thee for Thou hast provided Thy servants with this vehicle to serve their various needs.

Therefore, O Master, pour out now upon it Thy heavenly blessings; assign to it a guardian angel to preserve it from all evil.  And as Thou didst grant faith and grace by Thy deacon Philip to the man from Ethiopia who was sitting in his chariot and reading holy Scripture, show the way of salvation to Thy servants.  So that helped by Thy grace and always intent on doing good works, they may after all the trials of their pilgrimage on earth, attain to everlasting joys, through the intercessions of our Most-pure Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, by the power of the precious and life-giving Cross; through the prayers of the holy Angels; of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and of all the Saints:

For Thou art the Provider and Sanctifier of all things and to Thee do we ascribe glory, and to Thy Only-begotten Son, and Thy All-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Photos

Blessing of Chariots - 07/21/19

(44 images)


Share This:



< PreviousNext >
You might also like:

Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811
302-537-6055


Latest News
Canoeing and Kayaking - 09/29/19

A fellowship event was held at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company on Saturday, 9/21 at 1pm. Following 1 hour on the river, there was a potluck back at the Parish Center, then a Bible Study at 5pm and the evening Vespers Service at 6pm. Glory to God for a beautiful day!


Recent Photos
Upcoming Calendar

26

Oct

Saturday

"A Christian Ending"
Retreat with Fr. Thomas Soroka

9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Session 1
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Session 2
4:00pm Vespers

27

Oct

Sunday

19th Sunday of Pentecost
9:00am Div. Liturgy

2

Nov

Saturday

5:00pm Memorial: Bruce John Eckerd
6:00pm Vespers

Our Neighbors

St. George - Ocean City, MD
St. Andrew - Lewes, DE
Holy Trinity - Whaleyville, MD
St. Nicholas - Dover, DE
Orthodox Mission - Easton, MD

What is the Orthodox Church?

“The Orthodox Christian Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.
It is not denominational, it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the
Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago.”
– Our Life in Christ

What is the Orthodox Church?

“The Orthodox Christian Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It is not denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago.”
– Our Life in Christ

Christ the Savior | Contact