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The Practice of Personal Prayer and its relation to the Spiritual Life in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

Index of notes taken from previously recorded audio lectures given by Father Thomas Hopko to seminarians.

About this contentWhat follows are notes taken from previously recorded audio lectures given by Father Thomas Hopko to seminarians. The recording audio quality was poor at times since they were converted from cassette tapes to mp3. The date of the recordings is uncertain. It seems Father Thomas named this series of lectures “The Practice of Personal Prayer and its relation to the Spiritual Life in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition”.  With God’s help, this series of posts simply aims to share some of the main points of this teaching with other people who have  a sincere longing for God. 


  1. To Whom Do We Pray (Part I)

2. To Whom Do We Pray (Part II)

3. The Goal of Prayer (Part I)

4. The Goal of Prayer (Part II)

5. The Goal of Prayer (Part III)

6. Liturgy and Prayer (Part I)

7. Liturgy and Prayer (Part II)

8. Liturgy and Prayer (Part III)

9. Reading and Psalmody (Part I)

10. Reading and Psalmody (Part II)

11. Reading and Meditation

12. Beginning to Pray

13. Trisagion Prayers

14. The Lord’s Prayer

15. A Rule of Prayer

16. Setting a Rule of Prayer

17. Unceasing Prayer

18. The Jesus Prayer

19. Praying for Others and Intercessory Prayer

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