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.
These services may be prayed at home when one cannot make it to church or as part of one's prayer rule.
The Hours and Typica and Little Compline
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.
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.
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.
Examination of Conscience and Preparation for Holy Confession: articles and prayers.
Prayers for Various Occasions
Morning Prayer of the Last Optina Elders
A Prayer before Confession
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
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
For the Night
O God make speed to save me, O Lord make haste to help me. Psm 69/70:1
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