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Why do we include Saints in our Prayers?

Filed in Spirituality by on June 19, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1295
Why do we include Saints in our Prayers?

Photo: Catacomb of St. Sabastiano: Fragments of a wall plaster from the triclia with numerous graffiti that ask for the prayers of the martyred apostles, Peter and Paul. Copyright Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Cristiana, Roma In our Prayer rule we can also ask the saints to intercede for us and to help us in our […]

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Desert Fathers: How Do We Pray?

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Desert Fathers: How Do We Pray?

The brothers said, “What kind of prayer is that which is not acceptable before God?” The old man said, “The prayer for the destruction of enemies. When we ask that evil things may come upon those who do harm to us, and for bodily health, and abundance of possessions, and fertility in respect of children, […]

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When Requests are Made to God and are Not Immediately Answered

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When Requests are Made to God and are Not Immediately Answered

We must not become upset if for a while the Lord seems to allow our requests to go unheard. Naturally the Lord would be delighted if in one moment all men became dispassionate. But He knows, in His providence, that this would not be to their advantage.

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Prayer Presupposes Faith

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Prayer Presupposes Faith

Ascent to heaven begins with contrition, with real repentance, with remorse. It’s worth remembering that we weren’t made to return to dust. The life of the passions doesn’t in fact bring joy and satisfaction. Attaching yourself too firmly to the things of this world is a serious mistake and brings its own cost in terms of bitter consequences. It’s not unfeasible to advance beyond the visible. Anyone can manage it.

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Prayer in the Family

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Prayer in the Family

The power of prayer cannot be underestimated. Often we think of prayer as an individual activity. But for Orthodox Christians there is an emphasis on the prayer of the whole community. This should also apply to prayer in our family life. A family should pray together. If you are a family of two its quite easy to arrange for prayer together. Currently this is my situation and my wife and I always pray together both evening and night. But when you have a family of four with varying ages it is a bit more difficult.

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Interpretation of “Lord Have Mercy”

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Interpretation of “Lord Have Mercy”

“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me” or, more briefly, “Lord have mercy” was given to Christians at the time of the apostles and was appointed for them to say without ceasing, as, indeed, they do. But what this “Lord have mercy” means is something that very few people know today and so they say it in everyday speech, pointlessly, alas, and in vain. They don’t receive the Lord’s mercy, because they don’t know what they’re asking.

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Prayers All Orthodox Should Know

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Prayers All Orthodox Should Know

Every Orthodox should know these prayers by heart. Daily prayer is essential for an Orthodox spiritual way of life that prepares you to receive God’s grace to gain union with God.

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Fr.Thomas Hopko on How to Pray

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Fr.Thomas Hopko on How to Pray

A lecture by fr.Thomas Hopko on How to Pray.

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Types and Levels of Prayer

Filed in Spirituality by on March 24, 2017 • views: 2335
Types and Levels of Prayer

In the Orthodox spiritual tradition prayer has a broad, comprehensive and profound meaning.

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