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American Orthodox Christian Living Saints

Orthodoxy of the Heart

“The true faith in Christ is in the heart, and it is fruitful, humble, patient, loving, merciful, compassionate, hungering and thirsting for righteousness; it withdraws from worldly lusts and clings to God alone, strives and seeks always for what is heavenly and eternal, struggles against every sin, and constantly seeks and begs help from God for this.”

– St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

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Christian Living Elder Prayer Saints Spirituality

Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders

“Besides the written Lives, and the many letters of spiritual instruction, a beautiful and powerful prayer was left to us by the holy elders of Optina. This prayer has become so essential to many people’s everyday lives that they often paste it into their prayer books, to be read every day along with the other morning prayers.”

-orthochristian.com

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Church History Saints Spirituality

Saint Porphyrios

“Our religion is perfectly and profoundly conceived. What is simple is also what is most precious. Accordingly, in your spiritual life engage in your daily contest simply, easily, and without force. The soul is sanctified and purified through the study of the Fathers, through the memorization of the psalms and of portions of Scripture, through the singing of hymns and through the repetition of the Jesus Prayer.
Devote your efforts, therefore, to these spiritual things and ignore all the other things.”

– Saint Porphyrios (Wounded by Love)

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Church History Elder Saints Spirituality

Elder Proclu of Romania

“Do not fight against a person; we have to fight against the spirit of evil. Our fight is like this: We cannot do anything of our own strength, but the Holy Spirit helps us to the measure of our prayer with humility.”

– Monk Proclu

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Church History Saints Spirituality

Elder Cleopa of Romania

“One of the foremost spiritual obligations that we have, both as monastics and as lay people, is to confess our sins. We must first recognize that we all sin against God, some more than others, but no one is without sins.”

– Elder Cleopa

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Prayer Spirituality

Praying for Others and Intercessory Prayer

“I will not pray for you unless you pray yourself.

– St Anthony “Sayings from the Desert Fathers”

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Prayer Spirituality

The Jesus Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”

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Church History Saints Spirituality

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

“St. Isaac the Syrian says, ‘Preserve your inner peace at all costs and do not trade it for anything in this world.'”

– Elder Thaddeus

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Prayer Spirituality

Unceasing Prayer

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Prayer Spirituality

Setting a Rule of Prayer

“…we have to wash dishes, work, parent, do chores – we need to consecrate all of these to the glory of God, including our rule of prayer.”

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Christian Living Marriage and Family Saints Spirituality

Cheap Love vs Priceless Love

“He who has real love
does not care whether
others appreciate his love.”

– Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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Prayer Spirituality

A Rule of Prayer

“Regarding your private prayer rule, you must know that the rule exists for you. You do not exist for the rule, but live for the Lord. You must have the freedom of discernment”.

– St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

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Prayer Spirituality

The Lord’s Prayer

The Prayer of Prayers