Fr. Ninos Oshaana is a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church and serves at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Vallejo, CA.  He graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, MA earning a Masters of Divinity and also holds a MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University.  Born in Baghdad, Iraq,  he is of Assyrian descent. The Assyrians are the indigienous, Christian people of that ancient land of Mesopotamia who struggle for self-determination, identity and freedom from persecution. His childhood home was in Wiesbaden, Germany where the seeds of faith and a desire to serve Christ were first planted while attending St. Elizabeth Russian Orthodox Church, also known as the “Griechishe Kapelle (Greek Cathedral).”  He is a native speaker, reader and writer of Syriac-Aramaic and has a working knowledge of Greek and German.

The title of this blog is taken from a petition of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:

For all that is good and beneficial to our souls, let us pray to the Lord.