Prayer is an Embrace of the Lord

“Prayer is a marvellous embrace of the Lord.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Make your heart a Monastery. There sound the semantron, there call your vigil, cense and whisper ceaseless Prayers. God is next to you!”

Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Simferopel

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“I was making some prostrations once, when the following thought occurred to me: ‘Where you kneel and make prostrations, there the feet of Christ are.’ I instantly fell to the floor and started kissing the ground where Christ had stepped. I literally kissed it. These things come by themselves, you cannot provoke them. This is Grace, my brother.”

Saint Ephraim of Katounakia

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“We Pray not to inform God or to instruct Him but to become intimate with Him.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“When the Soul by the Holy Spirit comes to know the Mother of God; when in the Holy Spirit the Soul becomes kin to the Apostles, the Prophets, and all the Saints and Righteous ones, then she is irresistibly drawn to that world, and cannot remain, but is bothered, and thirsts, and cannot cease from Prayer, and although the body becomes exhausted and wants to lie down on a bed, even while lying in bed the Soul longs for the Lord and the Kingdom of the Saints.”

Saint Silouan of Mount Athos

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“During Prayer, and when reading God’s Word, we must reverence every thought, every word, as the Spirit of God Himself, the Spirit of Truth.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“The chief thing in Prayer is the nearness of the heart to God, as proved by the sweetness of God’s presence in the Soul.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Prayer unites one with God, being a Divine conversation and Spiritual Communion with the Being that is most beautiful and highest. Prayer is forgetting Earthly things, an ascent to Heaven. Through Prayer we flee to God.”

Saint Nektarios of Aegina

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“What a man thinks and feels as he Prays to God is more important to God than the words his tongue forms.”

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

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“To describe it with the boldest expression, Prayer is a conversation with God. Even if we speak with a low voice, even if we whisper without opening the lips, even if we call to Him only from the depths of our heart, our unspoken word always reaches God and God always hears. Sometimes, however, besides speaking, we lift our head and lift our arms to Heaven. In this way, we are underlining the desire that the spirit has for the Spiritual world. We are striving with the word to raise the body above the Earth. We are giving wings to the Soul for it to reach the good things on high.”

Saint Clement of Alexandria

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“Bend down, my King, so that I may whisper to You the dearest secret, the most secret Prayer, the most Prayerful wish. You are the subject of all my Prayers, all my search. I ask nothing of You, indeed, only You.”

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

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