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Orthodox Christian Prayers

Updated on May 26, 2016

How We Pray

For Orthodox Christians, prayer is not just something we do, it is something we become. Prayer is something we enter and that moves through us as the Holy Spirit prays to the Father through Christ the Son. When we open ourselves to prayer, our whole beings are transformed, so that as St. Paul says, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."

Prayer then is unceasing, not because of the words we say, but because of who we become. The love that is of Christ makes its home in our hearts. Christ Himself makes His home in our hearts. He becomes as intimate with us -- no more intimate -- than we are with ourselves. It is not just that He knows everything about us, He knows US and loves us to the depths of who we are. Though He loves us deeply, He never forces Himself upon us but waits for us to invite Him in. Prayers, and especially the Divine Liturgy, are how we do that.

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Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders

O Lord, grant unto me that with Thy peace I may greet all that this day is to bring.

Grant unto me grace to surrender myself completely to Thy holy will.

In every hour of this day instruct and guide me in all things.

Whatever tidings I may receive during this day, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly in the firm belief that Thy holy will governs all.

Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say.

When unforeseen events occur, let me not forget that all is sent by Thee.

Teach me to behave sincerely and reasonably toward everyone, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to no one.

Bestow on me, O Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day and to bear my part in its events.

Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love.

Amen.

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The Jesus Prayer

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

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Trisagion

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us!

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us!

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us!

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

Hymn to the Theotokos

More honorable than the Cherubim

And more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim

In virginity you gave birth to God the Word.

O pure Theotokos, we magnify you!

Praying with Icons

Why Do Christians Pray with Icons?

Orthodox Christians do not pray to icons, even though we may reverence them by kissing them and by bowing before them. An icon is only made of wood and paint and holds no magic. However, by praying before an icon, we are brought into the presence of the one who is depicted there, and into the presence of Christ Himself who shines freely from the eyes of a saint. And so all icons are truly representations of Christ.

Similarly we are icons for each other in the flesh. The eyes of love see beyond all the foibles and warts and looks into the soul of a person who is made in the image of God. A person who meets those eyes of love can often experience the healing of Christ Himself.

If only we lived up to this holy vocation, how the world of suffering and confusion would be transformed. How all of nature would meet our gaze as a healing balm and not the destruction of consuming greed and death.

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Litany of Humility

Helpful Prayer

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being loved

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being honoured

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being praised

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being approved

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being despised

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukes

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being calumniated

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged

Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being suspected

Deliver me, O Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may increase and I may decrease

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may become holier than I

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That I may become as holy as I should

O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

This lens just scratches the surface of Orthodox Christian prayer. I hope it has touched you in some way.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @othellos: I'm glad you enjoyed it, Othellos.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. I always wanted to discover these prayers in English. They sound so different from the originals... A learning experience indeed:=)

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Hello fellow Orthodox Christian, I love this lens! I will go to it when I need a few minutes of reflection at the computer. Blessings!

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to my lens: My mom has a hobby. I am an Orthodox Christian, I love how you've created your lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your faith. I really get a kick out of you in the wheel barrow.

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: Thank you, Linda.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Fascinating! I have never heard most of these prayers before, and found the prayer rope video to be very impressive. I am blessing this lens. Thank you for the inspiration.