Prayer

“Do your Prayer Rule with great care. When you Pray, comprehend what is being said.”

Saint Pachomios of Chios

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“Which Psalms to learn? Memorise those that drop into your heart when you read them. Different people are moved by different Psalms. Begin with Psalm 50…”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“We Pray with words until the words are cut off and we are left in a state of wonder.”

Saint Isaac the Syrian

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“No Prayer, my children, gets lost.”

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia

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“In making the Sign of the Cross, believe and constantly remember that your sins are nailed to the Cross.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Prayer is a refuge for those who are shaken, an anchor for those tossed by waves, a walking stick for the infirm, a treasure house for the poor, a stronghold for the rich, a destroyer of sicknesses, a preserver of health. Prayer keeps our virtues intact and quickly removes all evil.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Prayer is called a virtue, but in reality it is the mother of the virtues: for it gives birth to them through union with Christ.”

Saint Mark the Ascetic

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“It’s not an abundance of words that supplicate God, but a pure Soul which manifests good deeds.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“You must gather yourself together within your heart and stand there before the Lord. This will show up any speck of dust. Pray, and may God grant your Prayer.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“Virtues are formed by Prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the Soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.”

Saint Ephrem the Syrian

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“Before all else, let us list sincere thanksgiving first on the scroll of our Prayer. On the second line, we should put confession and heartfelt contrition of Soul. Then let us present our petition to the King of All. This is the best way of Prayer, as it was shown to one of the brethren by an Angel of the Lord.”

Saint John Climacus

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“If God is slow in answering your request, or if you ask but do not promptly receive anything, do not be upset, for you are not wiser than God.”

Saint Isaac the Syrian

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“The more the mind concentrates on praying, and is being humbled, the more it is enlightened by the Grace of God.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“Our requests are necessary expressly to strengthen our faith, through which alone we can be saved. ‘By grace are we saved through faith’ (Eph 2:8). ‘O woman, great is your faith’ (Mt. 15:28). For this reason the Lord made the woman Pray earnestly, in order to awaken her faith and to strengthen it.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Pray persistently about everything, and then you will never do anything without God’s help.”

Saint Mark the Ascetic

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“Through your Prayer, you can Sanctify your self as well as your work.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“There is nothing more powerful than a person Praying well.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“If I read a hundred Prayers in the silence of Athos a day, and you, in the noise of the City, with work and family responsibilities, read three Prayers, then we are in the same position.”

Saint Ephraim of Katounakia

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“The bodily eye cannot tolerate even the smallest speck of dust on its surface, so too the conscience, when soiled by something, cannot attain Prayer.”

Saint Moses of Optina

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“A religious hymn is a great blessing for everyone. It brings about a complete Spiritual uplifting and absolute peace and joy in redeemed hearts. It drives away hardness of heart… it dissolves and dissipates despondency.”

Saint Ambrose of Milan

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“Vigil at night brings purity to the Soul by day.”

Saint John Cassian

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