Prayers

DAILY PRAYERS

To Be Memorized by the Faithful.

The following is a summary of basic prayers that are traditionally memorized by the faithful. They are used in daily liturgical services and various devotional prayers of the Church.

Morning Prayers

Sign of the Cross

We join the first three fingers of our right hand together (thumb, index and middle finger), and we bend the other two fingers into the palm. Then, we reverently trace the Sign of the Cross by touching our forehead, chest, right and left shoulder, while saying:

† In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (3)

Blessing

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord, Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Glory to God

† Glory be to You, our God, glory be to You!

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Heavenly King, Advocate, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of Blessings, Bestower of Life, come and dwell within us; cleanse us of all that defiles us, and, o Good One, save our souls.

[su_heading size=”16″ align=”left” margin=”10″]From Holy Pascha to the Feast of the Ascension, instead of the prayer “Heavenly King” we recite the Paschal Troparion: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling death by death; and to those in the tombs giving life. (3) From Ascension Thursday to Pentecost Sunday we proceed directly to “Holy God” omitting “Glory be to You, our God,” and “Heavenly King.” [/su_heading]

Trisagion

† Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Small Doxology

† Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

Trinity most holy, have mercy on us. Cleanse us of our sins, O Lord; pardon our transgressions, O Master; look upon our weaknesses and heal them, O Holy one; for the sake of Your name.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

† Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

† Glory be to the Father and to the son and to the holy spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

To the Mother of God

Rejoice, Mother of God, Virgin Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb; for you have borne Christ, the saviour and redeemer of our souls.

It is truly right to bless you, O God-bearing one, as the ever-blessed and immaculate Mother of Our God. More honourable than the cherubim and by far more glorious than the seraphim; ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word, O true Mother of God, we magnify you.

We flee to the shelter of your mercy, O Virgin Mother of God. do not reject our prayers of anguish, but free us from tribulations, O only pure and blessed one.

Most glorious, ever-virgin, Mother of God, receive our prayers and bring them to your Son and our God, that through you, he may save our souls.

To My Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my holy guardian, given to me for my protection! i implore you to enlighten me this day, to protect me from all evil, to urge me on to do good deeds and to guide me on the path of salvation. Amen.

O holy angel, you who stand by my despondent soul and passionate life: do not abandon me, a sinner, nor depart from me because of my intemperance. Leave no room for the evil one to gain control of me through violence towards my mortal body. strengthen my weak and feeble hands, and guide me in the way of salvation.

O holy angel of God, the guardian and protector of my wretched soul and body, forgive all the sorrows I have caused you, every day of my life. If I have sinned during this past night, protect me during this day. Keep me from every temptation, that I may not anger God by any sin. Pray to the Lord for me, that He may establish me in His fear and make me, His servant, worthy of His goodness. Amen.

To My Patron Saint

Saint [name of patron saint], pray for me, for with fervour I come to you, faithful guide and intercessor for my soul.

Morning Offering

O Heavenly Father, I surrender myself to You this day. I give You my heart, my will – my whole life. May Your holy will be accomplished in me – today and for all eternity. Amen

Sign of the Cross

† In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (3)

Departing Prayer

Departing from an icon corner at home, or when leaving a church, say the following prayer with a small metanoia: God, be merciful to me, a sinner

Other Prayers

Jesus Prayer

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. OR:

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners.

 

Prayer for the living

† Save, O Lord and have mercy on my parents [names], my brothers and sisters [names], and all my family and relatives.

† Save, O Lord and have mercy on our bishop David, our spiritual fathers and mothers and all Christians.

† Save, O Lord and have mercy on all my friends, [especially…].

† Save, O Lord and have mercy on all those who are especially in need of Your help today.

O Lord, Jesus Christ, by the prayers of Your most-holy Mother and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

 

Prayer for the Departed

To the soul/s of Your servant/s, O Christ, grant rest among the saints, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no mourning, but only life without end.

Give rest, O Lord, to the soul/s of Your departed servant/s [name/s], and to all my family and relatives who have gone to their rest in hope of resurrection and everlasting life. Amen.

For the Increase of Love

Set our hearts on fire with love for You, O Christ our God, that in its flames we may love You with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul and with all our strength, and our neighbours as ourselves; so that, keeping Your commandments, we may glorify You, the Giver of all good gifts.

Before Any Activity

† In the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. O Lord bless!

At the End of Any Activity

† Glory be to You, our God, glory be to You!

Beginning a Task or Project

Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, you have said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” in faith I embrace your words, Lord, and I entreat your goodness. Bless me as I begin this work […]. help me to bring it to completion.  Enlighten my mind and strengthen my body, that I may accomplish my task according to Your will. Guide me, O Lord, to bring about works of goodness to Your service and glory. Amen.

Finishing a Task or Project

Thank you, Lord, for Your strength and guidance in my work. You are the fulfillment of all good things. Fill also my soul with joy and gladness, that I may praise You always. Amen.

A Prayer Before Study

Christ, the true Light, Who enlightens and sanctifies every person coming into the world, let the light of Your countenance shine upon me that I may see your unapproachable Light.  Guide my steps in the way of Your commandments, through the intercessions of Your All-Holy Mother and of all the saints. Amen.

Prayer For Family Trips

Lord Jesus, You travelled with the two disciples to Emmaus after the resurrection and set their hearts on fire with your grace. Travel also with me and gladden my heart with Your presence.

I know, Lord, that I am a pilgrim on this earth, seeking the citizenship which is in heaven. during my journey surround me with Your Holy Angels and keep me safe from seen and unseen dangers.

Grant that I may carry out my plans and fulfill my expectations according to Your will.

Help me to see the beauty of creation and comprehend the wonder of Your truth in all things; for You are the Way, the Truth and the Life, and to You I give thanks, praise and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian; During the Great Fast

The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian is recited daily during the Great Fast, with prostrations.

O Lord and Master of my life, drive from me the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle chatter. † Prostration.

Instead, bestow on me, Your servant, the spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love. † Prostration.

Yes, O Lord and King, let me see my own sins and not judge my brothers and sisters; for You are blessed for ever and ever. Amen. † Prostration.

Table Prayers

An extremely important aspect of each meal is prayer. By saying grace before and after meals, we call down God’s blessing and we give thanks to God for all the benefits He bestows upon us.

Before Breakfast

† In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Psalm 144:15-16
The eyes of all creatures look to You and You give them their food in due time. You open wide your hand, and grant the desires of all who live.

† Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord, have mercy (3). give the blessing.

O Christ God, bless this food and drink for Your servants, for You are holy, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

After Breakfast

Blessed are you, o Christ our god; you have given us food in due time. Fill us also
with the Holy Spirit, and abide with us all the days of our lives. Amen.

Before Noon Meal

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. Amen.

† Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3) Give the Blessing.

O Christ God, bless this food and drink for Your servants, for You are holy, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen

After the Noon Meal

We give thanks to You, O Christ our God, for You have satisfied us with Your earthly blessings. Deprive us not, especially of Your heavenly kingdom, but, as You came into the midst of Your disciples, O Saviour, granting them peace, so come to us also and save us!

† Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord have mercy. (3) Give the blessing.

Blessed be God, Who shows us mercy and nourishes us with His abundant gifts through His grace and loving kindness, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Before Evening Meal

The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek the lord shall praise Him; and their hearts will love forever.

† Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord have mercy. (3) Give the blessing.

O Christ God, bless this food and drink for Your servants, for You are holy, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen

After the Evening Meal

More honourable than the cherubim and by far more glorious than the seraphim; ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word, O true Mother of God, we magnify you.

† Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord have mercy. (3) Give the blessing.

God is with us through His grace and love for mankind, always, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayers Before Communion

Prayer of Faith

Prayer of Love

Prayers After Communion

Prayer of Thanks

Prayer of \Adoration

My God, I Believe

Lead Me to Heaven

 

Liturgy Intentions

  • Living
  • Departed

Prayer Chain

  • Rosary Prayer
  • Jesus Prayer

For those who work

Master and Lord, You have promised an abundance of fruits to those who follow You faithfully. In my daily work [as a …], I desire to follow You faithfully and to fulfill my responsibilities as if I were doing them for You alone.  Bless me in all my endeavours and help me to succeed by Your grace.

Lord, I commit my occupation [or: vocation] to You; may Your will be done in all things. Fill my heart with Your grace that I may always act with faith, according to Your commandments, with kindness, honestly and courage. guide me that my life be rich with every good work to Your praise and glory.

Amen.

Learn to Pray

Give Thanks to the Lord

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The sign of the Cross

We join the first three fingers of our right hand together (thumb, index and middle finger), and we bend the other two fingers into the palm. Then, we reverently trace the Sign of the Cross by touching our forehead, chest, right and left shoulder, while saying:

† In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (3) Amen.

Small Doxology

† Glory be to the Father and to the son and to the holy spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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. Amen.

Confession oF Faith

The “Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed,” was established at the First Two Ecumenical Councils: at Nicea in 325 AD and at Constantinople in 381 AD.

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father. Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. on the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

I believe in one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Greetings

Greeting:  Slava Isusu Kyrstos | Glory to Jesus Christ
Reply: Slava Nivike | Glory forever

Insistent prayer for those who are in need

If you wish to pray diligently for someone, say the following prayers with a bow or a full prostration:

Save, O Lord, and have mercy on your servant [name].  †Prostration.

Deliver [him,her] from every tribulation, wrath and need. †Prostration. 

From every sickness of soul and body. †Prostration.

Forgive [him,her] every transgression, voluntary and involuntary. †Prostration.

And do whatever is profitable for our souls. †Prostration.

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