Developing A Prayer Rule: Pray As You Can

The end of Great Lent is near. But, we should add to or improve something in our spiritual lives that will carry over past Pascha (Easter). If you have not developed a prayer rule, go to your spiritual advisor to help you do so.

Make Time for Prayer

The Modern Monastic Order Of Saint Simon of Cyrene

“If you cannot pray ceaselessly, pray frequently” St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

There is no substitute for following a rule of prayer.  The Nativity Fast has come to an end and we (new calendar) Orthodox Christians begin 12 days of feasting the birth of Christ.  It will be a struggle for me not to gorge on meats and dairy products after refraining from them for 40 days.  Gluttony is one of my worst habits.  However, I was blessed to learn how to strengthen my weakness in Compline (evening) prayers.  I also picked up a quirky habit to pray at the 9th Hour (about 3 pm).  The fast has been good to me.

The Apostle Paul taught us to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The constant prayer of the Church was behind Peter’s release from prison (Acts 12:5). There are stories of saints who were so focused on their union…

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