“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS…” (Thessalonians 5:17-18)

My beloved spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ God,

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.

LET US PRAY TO THE LORD. KYRIE ELEISON.

Every Orthodox Christian believes in the power of prayer and the need to pray unceasingly. Saint John Chrysostom says that as Christians we converse with God a the time of prayer we become similar to the Angels and dissimilar to the irrational beings. The work par excellence of the Angels is PRAYER AND WORSHIP. By praying with much awe and presenting themselves to us as an example, the Angels teach us to learn and to know that w3 must pray to God WITH JOY and with FEAR. We must pray both with FEAR of being found UNWORTHY OF THE PRAYER WHICH CONNECTS US WITH GOD, but also WITH FULLNESS OF JOY FOR THE MAGNITUDE OF HONOR WHICH IS BESTOWED UPON THE HUMAN RACE THROUGH THE VERY POSSIBILITY OF PRAYER. Divine Providence has made us capable of enjoying constant communion with God, through which we appear not to be mortal and transient. Even though by nature WE ARE MORTAL, it is through our conversation with God that we are transferred INTO IMMORTAL LIFE. For the one who WHO HOLDS CONVERSATION WITH GOD MUST BE BY NECESSITY ABOVE DEATH AND EVERY MORAL AND SPIRITUAL CORRUPTION. And by the same token, as it is most essential for one who enjoys the rays of the sun to be free of darkness, so also the one who enjoys conversation with God must no longer be mortal, precisely because the magnitude of this honor transfers us into the realm OF SPIRITUAL IMMORTALITY. It is impossible for those who pray and speak to God to have mortal souls. The death of the soul IS PRECISELY IMPIETY and A SINFUL LIFE, WHILE THE LIFE OF THE SOUL, IS THE WORSHIP OF GOD AND A WAY OF LIFE IN THE BELIEVER THAT IS BECOMING TO SUCH WORSHIP.

LET US PRAY TO THE LORD. KYRIE ELEISON.

Morning Prayers

+ In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Heavenly King, the Spirit of consolation, the Spirit of Truth,
You are everywhere present and You fulfill all things,
You are the treasury of virtues and the Giver of Life.
Come, and dwell in us,
Cleanse us of every stain,
And save our souls, O Holy Spirit of God.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
Lord forgive our sins.
Master, pardon our transgressions.
Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities
for the glory of Thy Name.

Kyrie Eleison Kyrie Eleison. Kyrie Eleison..

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father…

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A Prayer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

O Christ our God,
At all times and at every hour, in heaven, and on earth,
Thou art worshipped and glorified;
Thou are long-suffering, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate,
Thou love the righteous and have mercy upon the sinners;
Thou call everyone to salvation
through the promise of future blessings;
Receive, O Lord, our prayers at this hour
And direct our life toward Thy commandments.
Sanctify our souls, make our bodies chaste;
Correct our thoughts; purify our intentions;
And deliver us from every grief and pain that comes from evil.
Encompass us by Thy Holy Angels,
So guarded and guided by them
We may attain the unity of the faith
And in the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory;
For Thou are blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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A Prayer to the All-Holy Theotokos
(Saint Gregory of Neoceasaria)

All Holy Virgin Mother of God, we humans cannot offer to You
the hymn and the praise that is appropriate to You, for your proper
praise is superior to any human melody. From You God, Himself
received flesh and was born as a human being. The totality of
nature in heaven and on earth offers You its boundless respect.
For You have become an Angelic Throne of Cherubim. As
a reflection of Light, You shine brightly in the imperceptible world
and in all the ends of heaven and earth and in the whole universe,
where the Unoriginate Father is praised, Whose power always
overshadowed You; where the Son is worshipped, the Son to Whom
gave birth; where the Holy Spirit is glorified, the Spirit which enacted
in your womb the birth of the Great King. Through You, who are full
of grace, the Holy and Consubstantial Trinity is revealed in the world
to become known by human beings. We pray to You and beseech
You, Most Blessed Theotokos, to make us also worthy of Your
perfect grace that we too may partake of it with You in Christ
Jesus, our Lord, in whom the glory and the power abides unto the
ages of ages. Amen.

The Holy Fathers of the Church teach that unceasing prayer is a proper goal, FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
COMES THOUGH SUCH DISCIPLINE. For centuries, Christians have used the "JESUS PRAYER" OR THE
"PRAYER OF THE HEART" as a way to pray unceasingly from the heart. "O LORD JESUS CHRIST, SON
OF GOD, HAVE MERCY ON ME A SINNER."

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THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF OUR HOLY FATHERS AND MOTHERS
LORD JESUS CHRIST HAVE MERCY ON US AND SAVE US. AMEN.

______________

"Glory Be To GOD
For
All Things!"

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