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Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America
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How To Pray

Basic instruction from St. Theophan the Recluse in four short homilies on what to do to pray effectively with the desired result rather than just mouthing words or reading prayers. Highly recommended.


Prayer Book

Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Dmitri (Royster)'s Translations
Divine Liturgy of St. John
Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

These services may be prayed at home when one cannot make it to church or as part of one's prayer rule.
Archbishop Dmitri's translation of the Horologian.

Vespers and Matins
Reader's Vespers
Tone7SatNight.pdf Hymns from the Octoechos in tone 7 for Saturday evening Vespers.

Reader's Matins
Liturgical texts for Vespers and Matins from the Octoechos, Triodion, Pentecostarion, and General Menaion may be found here. For Octoechos texts, choose the tone of the week and the day of the week.

Sunday Octoechos (Liturgical English) in all 8 tones is here. This allows you to do Little Vespers, Great Vespers, and Matins fully each week in the proper tone for Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Complete Octoechos (Modern English, Holy Myrrhbearers translation) here. This will provide you with liturgical texts to do Vespers and Matins every day of the year.

The Complete Menaion in Liturgical English is available now.

KJV Psalter corrected to the Septuagint (LXX) Here
Kathisma Prayers here

The Hours and Typica and Little
Archbishop Dmitri translation

The Third Hour (used from 9:00 a.m. to noon)

The Sixth Hour (used from noon to 3:00 p.m.)

The Ninth Hour (used from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.), nice for use upon coming home from work.

Typica Service (used in place of Divine Liturgy on weekdays of Great Lent and as a reader service when a priest is not available to serve Liturgy)

Troparia and Kontakia of the Resurrection in the Eight Tones and for the Great Feasts for use with the Hours, etc.

Little Compline: the "after-dinner" service. Often used as part of one's evening prayer rule, sometimes with a canon or an akathist.

Private Prayers

Elder Sophrony's Prayer for Use at Daybreak.

St. Paisios' Prayer to be said every day for those in need.

Prayers from a standard, Russian-style prayerbook now out of print; translation adapted to local use.

Prayers Before Sleep: may be added to the end of Compline, or prayed separately.

A Short Order of the Third, Sixth, and Ninth Hours for Personal Use

Morning Prayers upon Awakening

Prayers of Preparation for Receiving Holy Communion

The Three Canons: part of preparation for Holy Communion for many. Also may be prayed as part of Compline or separately. Offers a model of how to combine multiple canons for use at the same time.

Here is the Canon of Repentance in tone 6, also found as part of the "Three Canons" above,  alone for use at Compline or otherwise in one's prayer rule or in preparation for Confession.
Canon of Repentance

Akathist in Preparation for Holy Communion: this beautiful and insightful akathist may be used as part of one's preparation for Holy Communion. It is well-worth using or at least getting acquainted with.

Examination of Conscience and Preparation for Holy Confession: articles and prayers.

Three Penitential Canons from the Octoechos: Canon of Compunction, Canon to the Theotokos, Canon to the Forerunner, all in tone 2. They may be used when repentence needs to be cultivated.


For Home Use During Great and Holy Week, April 12-18, 2020
The Texts for the Holy Week Service from the OCA may be found here.
The schedule of services streamed from St. Tikhon's Monastery may be viewed here.
The services from St. Tikhon's Monastery may be viewed here.

For Home Use During the Great Fast
Midnight Office for use in the morning
Triodion Texts to insert at Midnight Office
For Week Three  
For Week Four 
For Week Five
For Week Six

Little Compline for use in the evening
Triodion Texts to Insert at Compline
For Week Three   
For Week Four 
For Week Five
For Week Six

Texts for Saturday Night Vespers (Use this with Reader's Vespers, below.)
For Third Sunday, March 22, 2020
For Fourth Sunday, March 29, 2020
For Fifth Sunday, April 5, 2020
For Palm Sunday, April 12, 2020
For Sunday of the Myrrhbears, May 3, 2020

Texts for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts During the Great Fast
Hymns for Friday, March 27.
Text of the Presanctified Liturgy.

Texts for Annunciation, March 24-25, here
Vesperal Liturgy for Annunciation, full text here.


Jesus Prayer

Optina 500: the famous cell rule at the Optina Monastery in the 19th and 20th century using the Jesus Prayer.


Prayers for Various Occasions


Morning Prayer of the Last Optina Elders

O Lord, grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility. Grant that I may fully surrender myself to Thy holy will. At every hour of this day, direct and support me in all things. Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of the day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to Thy holy will. Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions. In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down from Thee. Grant that I may deal straightforwardly and wisely with everyone I encounter, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone. O Lord, grant me the strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love. Amen.

A Prayer before Confession
St. Symeon the New Theologian

 O God and Lord of all! Who hath the power over every breath and soul, the only One able to heal me, hearken unto the prayer of me, the wretched one, and, having put him to death, destroy the serpent nestling within me by the descent of the All-Holy and Life-Creating Spirit. And vouchsafe me, poor and naked of all virtue, to fall with tears at the feet of my spiritual father, and call his holy soul to mercy, to have mercy on me. And grant, O Lord, unto my heart humility and good thoughts, becoming a sinner, who hath consented to repent unto Thee, and do not abandon unto the end the one soul, which hath united itself unto Thee and hath confessed Thee, and instead of all the world hath chosen Thee and hath preferred Thee. For Thou knowest, O Lord, that I want to save myself, and that my evil habit is an obstacle. But all things are possible unto Thee, O Master, which are impossible for man. Amen.


Prayer After Confession

 O Lord of mercy! Through Thy gracious goodness, my conscience is now unburdened of sins which oppressed me, and in the humblest manner of which I am capable, I revealed to Thy priest all my sins that I could recollect. I humbly beseech Thee: accept this confession and forgive me all my trespasses, those which I have forgotten, as well as those I have remembered. Grant me grace, Lord, to live more carefully hereafter and to refrain from my former vices, which I utterly detest. I firmly resolve never to be guilty of them, but especially my most bountiful and merciful Savior, enable me to withstand those temptations with which I am most troubled, and to avoid all occasions for offending Thee again. If a just man falls seven times in the day, how much more reason have I to fear for myself, O Lord, and dread that I shall not be steadfast in my resolution, having through my own frailty and vicious habits increased the natural blindness and weakness in which I was born. Yet, O Lord, I firmly resolve through Thy merciful assistance, never to consent to any mortal sin, from which I humbly beseech Thee to preserve me while I live; as to my other sins and imperfections, I resolve to stand up against hem and hope, through Thy goodness, at length to avoid them. Amen.

Birthday or Nameday Prayer

 All holy Lord, how can I worthily thank Thee for the life which Thou hast given me? Thou hast brought me up from the abyss of non-existence, and my life is a gift which came from Thy goodness. Thou hast kept me to this day, supporting me in times of trouble and need. Thou watchest over me, directing my steps along the right path and preserving me from temptation. When I stray, Thou leadest me back to the way of Thy commandments; when I slip, thou dost support me; when I fall, Thou liftest me up; when I wander, Thou turnest me back and openest Thy fatherly arms to me. My debt to Thee is immeasurable, for Thou hast given me life and daily showest  me the proof of Thy fatherly goodness and care. In full acknowledgement of this, I offer Thee my entire life, and, especially, this particular day. I pray to Thee in humility, asking that Thou not take Thy goodness from me, and that Thy wisdom may guide me throughout my entire life along the right path of blessedness; through the prayers and intercessions of Saint [name of patron saint] and of Thine all-pure Mother. Amen.


A Prayer of St. Thalassios
From the Philokalia, vol. 2

O Christ, Master of all, free us from all the destructive passions and the thoughts born of them. For Thy sake we came into being, so that we might delight in the paradise which Thou hast planted and in which Thou hast placed us. We brought our present disgrace upon ourselves, preferring destruction to the delights of blessedness. We have paid for this, for we have exchanged eternal life for death O Master, as once Thou hast looked on us, look on us now; as thou becamest man, save all of us. For thou camest to save us who were lost. Do not exclude us from the company of those who are being saved. Raise up our souls and save our bodies, cleansing us from all impurity. Break the fetters of the passions that constrain us, as once Thou hast broken the ranks of the impure demons. Free us from their tyranny, so that we may worship Thee alone, the eternal Light, having risen from the dead and dancing with the angels in the blessed, eternal, and indissoluble dance. Amen.


Prayers for the 24 Hours of the Day and Night

For the Day
0600 Lord, exclude me not from Thy heavenly blessings.
0700 Lord, deliver me from eternal torments.
0800 Lord, whether I have sinned in mind or thought, word or dead, forgive me.
0900 Lord, deliver me from all ignorance, forgetfulness, cowardice, and stone-like insensitivity.
1000 Lord, deliver me from every temptation.
1100 Lord, enlighten my heart which evil desires have darkened.
1200 Lord, as a man I have sinned: as a gracious God, have mercy on me, seeing the weakness of my soul.
1300 Lord, send Thy Grace to my aid, that I may glorify Thy holy name.
1400 Lord Jesus Christ, inscribe me, Thy servant, in the book of life, and grant me a good end.
1500 Lord, my God, even though I have done nothing good before Thee, grant by Thy Grace that I make a beginning of good.
1600 Lord, sprinkle the dew of Thy grace into my heart.
1700 Lord of Heaven and earth, remember me, Thy sinful, shameful, and impure servant, in Thy Kingdom. Amen.

For the Night
1800 Lord, accept me in penitence.
1900 Lord, abandon me not.
2000 Lord, lead me not into temptation.
2100 Lord, grant me good thoughts.
2200 Lord, grant me tears, the remembrance of death and compunction.
2300 Lord, grant me the thought of confessing my sins.
2400 Lord, grant me humility, chastity, and obedience.
0100 Lord, grant me patience, courage, and meekness.
0200 Lord, cause the root of good to dwell in me – Thy fear in my heart.
0300 Lord, grant that I may love Thee with all my soul and mind and to do Thy will in all things.
0400 Lord, protect me from certain people, demons, and passions, and from any other unseemly thing.
0500 Lord, I know that Thou doest as Thou wilt: may Thy will be in me a sinner, for blessed art Thou for ever. Amen.

O God make speed to save me, O Lord make haste to help me. Psm 69/70:1

Spiritual Reading

In a sense, Spiritual Reading, particularly of the Holy Scriptures, is part of a rule of prayer. A wise Christian reads the Word of God daily.

Lenten Reading Programs
Here are three reading programs to help one read the Scriptures during the Great Fast.

1. This program guides one to read through the epistles of the New Testament during the Fast. It also provides a schedule for reading the historical books of the Old Testament from the time of the Judges to the Babylonian Captivity.
Epistles and History of Israel

2. This program schedules reading the entire New Testament during the Fast. It provides the same schedule as above for reading the historical books of the Old Testament from Judges to the Babylonian Captivity.
NT + OT History

3. This program schedules reading the entire New Testament during the Fast along with a schedule to read some of the less well-known Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, namely Ecclesiastices, Wisdom of Sirach, and Wisdom of Solomon.
NT + Wisdom

4. This program schedules reading the Old Testament narrative from the call of Abraham to the conquest of the Promised Land under Joshua.
OT Abraham to Joshua


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