“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

George Babiniotis, Professor   When the bell rings and everybody tries to avoid saying their prayers (a parody of a prayer, but one which just may be, for some, the last thread connecting their lives with God and therefore the only little window through which they can get into Paradise),...

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How Do You Listen to God in Prayer?

How Do You Listen to God in Prayer?

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: How Do You Listen to God in Prayer? Answer: I have not yet been able to speak to God as Moses was, face to face, like a man speaks to his friend, so I have resorted to...

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What is Prayer of the Intellect and of the Heart?

What is Prayer of the Intellect and of the Heart?

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   Remembrance of God demonstrates communion with Him and is therefore like prayer. Striving to invoke the holy Name of Christ continuously, through the prayer ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me’, is a constant renewal within us of...

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Remember to Pray: Jesus Watches Over all of His Sheep!

Remember to Pray: Jesus Watches Over all of His Sheep!

Do you pray to God sometimes, all by yourself? Before Christ was arrested and sent to the Cross, He prayed by Himself too. In to- day’s Gospel reading, we hear how He prayed to His Father for His disciples. Remember, the disciples were Jesus’s great helpers. Now that Jesus was going to leave,...

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Jonathan Jackson – A prayer for all

Jonathan Jackson – A prayer for all

The album of songs dedicated to the great Athonite ascetic Saint Iosif the Hesychast is entitled ‘Great Hours’, in commemoration of the enduring spiritual support he has given to the world. Source: pemptousia.com

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On Having a Prayer Corner at Home

On Having a Prayer Corner at Home

Re-commit to our spiritual lives: Prayer Corner at Home A desire for a fuller personal prayer life that includes regular daily prayers. One thing that can help keep this resolution includes having a dedicated place in our home where we can pray. A common practice for Orthodox Christians is having a...

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Repentance and Prayer according to Saint Païsios

Repentance and Prayer according to Saint Païsios

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In general terms, Saint Païsios set the greatest store in the spiritual struggle on repentance and unceasing prayer. It was through repentance that he received revelations from heaven. He used to say that the life of a monk was one of repentance and prayer. The monks...

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Spiritual Advice on Courage and Prayer

Spiritual Advice on Courage and Prayer

Saint Theophan the Recluse   You’re still worried. Tell me, where might these concerns be coming from? Externally, all’s going well. Internally, you’ve examined everything and put it in order. You’ve taken your decision. So, where’s the worry coming from? It’s all from the enemy, everything. Nowhere else. What else...

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God is more Powerful than Anything

God is more Powerful than Anything

Have you ever been afraid of the weather? Maybe a hurricane was supposed to come, or a tornado, or even just a bad thunderstorm. Bad weather can make us wonder what is going to happen! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story about our Lord’s disciples, who were traveling...

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Are our Hearts Orthodox?

Are our Hearts Orthodox?

Orthodox spirituality concerns itself directly with the human heart. Originating not in the concepts and, as Dostoevsky wrote, “the empty firmament of the mind”, our spirituality ultimately takes root in the heart where a special connection is made between God, whose seeking us out never ends, and ourselves, the searching...

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