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PRAYERS are our way of talking with God; Orthodox Christians believe this conversation should take place at all times, both when we are alone and when we are together with our fellows in the Body of Christ, the Church. Tradition has handed down to us a wonderful treasure chest of prayers: although we can at any time speak spontaneously to God, we are taught that using prayers from this treasury gives a structure to our prayer lives. There are moments of extreme tiredness or distress when being able to rely on prayers chosen by the Church in her wisdom means that we  are never at a loss for words when talking with God.

PERSONAL PRAYERS - a few examples

The Jesus Prayer. 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.'  

A thank you prayer 'Thanks be to God for all things'.

A prayer for forgiveness  'Lord have mercy.'

Thanksgiving before sleep 'Now that the day hath run its course, I praise thee, O Holy One, and entreat that the evening with the night may be undisturbed; grant this to me, O Saviour, and save me.'

To the Trinity 'O Father my hope; O Son my refuge; O Holy Spirit, my protection: O Holy Trinity, glory be to Thee' (Prayer of St Ioanniki † 846)

From a Canon 'O Lord our God grant us peace; O Lord our God make us Thine own. O Lord, none other do we know save Thee, and we call upon Thy Name'.

Prayer at the start of the day. 'O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of the day reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray thou thyself in me. Amen' (by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, d. 1867)


The Divine Liturgy service starts as the Priest proclaims: In peace let us pray to the Lord. The

People respond: Lord have mercy

So the tone is set for a continuous dialogue between priest, people and God. The words of the services resound with quotations from Scripture meaning that "as we believe, so we pray"; Orthodox worship is often referred to as a "seamless robe". The services of the Holy Fathers, St John Chrysostom, St Basil the Great and others, have over the centuries given us a priceless treasury of ways in which to worship and praise our God. These connect us through time with Christ's coming to earth, as written in the New Testament; with his foreshadowing, as written in the Old Testament; and with the teaching of the Holy Fathers, and all the Saints through the centuries to the present.

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