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Deliver us from evil is a prominent and disturbing element in the shortest but most pregnant prayer there is

Deliver us from evil is a prominent and disturbing element 
in the shortest but most pregnant prayer there is
Gram Parsons wrote in Hickory Wind that trouble is real
It is and this prayer acknowledges that we can fall into it 
Trouble becomes evil when it willfully harms others 
with words or deeds 
Harm can be defined by leading to or involving death
We do not have the right to kill 
Evil is human-made
So this prayer makes no bones about it 
Deliver us means rescue us 
Deliver us means save us 
It is no accident that the previous line of the prayer is
 Lead us not into temptation 
When we are in trouble 
and close to being enveloped by evil 
we need to see the harm that we are doing by our actions - 
including our silence 
This should create remorse 
It should lead one to be thankful 
that we have this twelve line prayer
a gift to every last human being on the planet 
A prayer that asks simply 
that you live a life that 
forgives others as you are forgiven





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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhk0ckaCxDI
The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

Stephen C. Rose Bio

Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…