Prayer Rule

October 22, 2019

“Many times we neglect our prayer rules saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” and they pile up. The soul weakens, just as the body weakens, when we don’t give it the necessary calories and it begins to break down…And we are darkened, because we imagine as insignificant and unimportant everything that we must be careful of. And the body begins to become fat while the soul collapses. And later we say: “My mind has become dim, I don’t remember God, I am darkened; I’m not able to pray.” It is because the soul is hungry, it is not being fed and nourished by the body; in this way the body is not given strength and the soul becomes ill.” (Abbess Makrina)

 

“Our prayer rule is our unique and personal connection to Christ; similar to a medical prescription, our prayer rule is a spiritual prescription particular to our illness, to our needs. When we miss our prayer rule, especially if we miss it frequently, not only do we not become healthy, but we in fact become more ill.”  (Constantina R. Palmer)

 

“Immersing ourselves in the sacramental life of the Church, reading the Holy Scriptures on a daily basis, and making it a practice to keep to a prayer rule are all tried-and-true means of deepening our relationship with Christ.” (Abbot Tryphon)

 

“Our fidelity to our Prayer Rule will help open the way for God to give lasting Peace to our hearts...Our experience of Jesus comes through prayer...Through our Prayer Rule...we are able to share more and more in the Life that God planned for us and reflect that Life in our everyday words and actions…The deeper a relationship we have with God, the stronger our Faith will be. Our Prayer Rule helps to open us to the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Our goal as Christians is to get rid of all that holds us back or scatters our attention, so that our whole life might be focused on God alone.” (Abouna Justin Rose)

 

“Our prayer rule is our unique and personal connection to Christ; similar to a medical prescription, our prayer rule is a spiritual prescription particular to our illness, to our needs. When we miss our prayer rule, especially if we miss it frequently, not only do we not become healthy, but we in fact become more ill…” (Constantina R. Palmer)

 

 “We can sit down and say the Jesus Prayer for hours every night, but if our mind is wandering all over the place, there is no profit in that. The purpose of a prayer rule is to offer God our attention morning and evening, to focus on Him.” (Gerontissa Philareti)

 

“Many times we neglect our prayer rules saying, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,’ and they pile up. The soul weakens, just as the body weakens, when we don’t give it the necessary calories and it begins to break down…And we are darkened, because we imagine as insignificant and unimportant everything that we must be careful of And the body begins to become fat while the soul collapses. And later we say: ‘My mind has become dim, I don’t remember God, I am darkened; I’m not able to pray.’ It is because the soul is hungry, it is not being fed and nourished by the body; in this way the body is not given strength and the soul becomes ill.” (Abbess Makrina)

 

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