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Prayer in the Orthodox Church

"He who is able to pray correctly, even if he is the poorest of all people, is essentially the richest. And he who does not have proper prayer, is the poorest of all, even if he sits on a royal throne."
St John Chrysostom

Prayer is the elevation of the mind and the heart to God in praise, in thanksgiving, and in petition for the spiritual and material goods we need.  Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to enter into our inner room and there pray to God the Father in secret. This inner room means the heart, the core of our being.  

The Apostle Paul says that we must always pray in our spirit.  He commands prayer for all Christians without exception and asks us to pray unceasingly.

Orthodox Christians engage in both corporate and personal prayer.  One’s individual prayer life is balanced with participation in the liturgical services of the Church where the whole community gathers for prayer and worship.

Expand Your Orthodox Prayer Life

Basics for Daily Orthodox Prayer - Why, How, When and Where to pray. Making time for prayer, A quiet place, preparing for prayer, A rule for prayer, the importance of attention in Prayer and more.

Using the Jesus Prayer
           Lord Jesus Christ Son of God,
           have mercy on me a sinner.

Learn how to use this most traditional of Orthodox prayers to come closer to God. Includes many articles and links to books where you can explore Orthodox prayer in even further depth.

Praying The Lord's Prayer
The most commonly used prayer for all Christians. Explore the deep significance of the words of this prayer.

Using the Prayer Rope
How to use the prayer rope in your daily prayers.

Making the Sign of the Cross -
How to use the power of this simplest of prayers.


Creating an Orthodox Prayer Rule
A prayer rule is the outline of your daily prayer routine.

Articles, Books and Other links on Orthodox Prayer
Numerous links to materials by the greatest mystics and theologians of the Orthodox Church on prayer.

Audio Visual Materials on Orthodox Prayer

Orthodox Prayers for All Occasions
- Use these proven prayers in your rule of prayer.

Praying to Saints and the Virgin Mary the Theotokos
How the saints can help you and should be included in your prayer life.

This site is a ministry of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville, SC. We welcome any suggestions or additions. Contact Rev. Dn. Charles Joiner.