SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

PRAYER


 

What is the Rule of Prayer?

 

The Orthodox Church has given us what is known as the Rule of Prayer.  This means that you have to set aside a regular period of time each day and devote it exclusively to prayer, to uniting yourself to God.  

 

The Orthodox tradition also provides a basic outline of content for the Rule of Prayer which begins with a simple invocation of the name of God.  Of course, this is only the beginning of the Rule of Prayer.  It may go on and include the reading of a psalm, a Scripture reading, the Nicene Creed, some of the petitions from the liturgy, a period of silence, special petitions of praise and thanksgiving, intercessions for other people, etc.  It can be as long or as short as you please.  It depends on you.

 

Remember the prayer of the thief on the Cross was very short, “Lord, remember me in your kingdom,” and the prayer of the Publican was very short, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

 

The Trisagion Prayers 

 

We make the sign of the cross and say, “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”    

 

This is followed by the prayer to the Holy Spirit, “O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth who art everywhere and fillest all things. Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life: Come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.”

 

“Holy God, Holy Mighty, O Immortal Have Mercy on us. (Thrice) Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us, Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Name’s sake. Lord, have mercy. (Thrice) Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

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. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Sprit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.”

 


 

Prayer for Healing:

 

Heavenly Father, Who sent Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be the Physician of our souls and bodies, Who came to heal sickness and infirmity, Who healed the paralytic, and brought back to life the daughter of Jairus, Who healed the woman who had been sick for twelve years by her mere touch of the hem of Your robe, visit and heal me also, Your beloved servant, from all physical and spiritual maladies by the power and grace of Your Christ. Grant me the patience that comes from believing that You are always at work in our lives to bring good out of evil. Grant me strength of body, mind, and soul. Raise me up from the bed of pain. Grant me full recovery. May I experience the same surge of healing power flow through my body as did the sick woman who touched Your robe. For I, too, am touching Your robe today, dear Lord, through this my prayer. I approach You with the same faith as she did. Grant me the gift of health For You alone are the source of healing. To You I offer glory, praise and thanksgiving, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 


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