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Among works done for the love of Christ, prayer is the one that most readily obtains the grace of the Holy Spirit, because it is always at hand.

It may happen that you want to go to church, but there isn’t one nearby; or else you want to help a poor person, but haven’t anything to give or you don’t come across one; or again you may want to remain chaste, but natural weakness prevents your resisting temptation.

But prayer is within reach of everyone, and everyone can give themselves to it: rich or poor, learned or unlearned, strong or weak, sick or healthy, sinner or righteous. Its power is immense. Prayer, more than anything else, brings us the grace of the Holy Spirit.

St. Seraphim of Sarov wrote about prayer:

Pray Always.

Morning Prayer

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

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

Glory to You our God, glory to You.

Heavenly King, Consoler, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, the treasury of blessings and the giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us of all stain and save our souls, O good One.

Holy God, Holy mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us. Holy God, Holy mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us. Holy God, Holy mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen,

Grace before Meals

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

The poor shall eat and be satisfied. Those who seek the Lord shall praise Him and their hearts shall live forever. Christ God, bless the food and drink of Your servants, for You are holy at all times, now always and forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers before Sleep

Now that the day has come to a close, I thank You, O Lord, and I ask of You that my evening and night be without sin. Grant this to Me, O Savior, and save me. Glory to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Now that the day has come to a close, I glorify You, O Master, and I ask of You that my evening and night be without offense. Grant this to me, O Savior, and save me. Now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

Now that the day has come to a close, I praise You, O holy One, and I ask of the that my evening and night be undisturbed. Grant this to me, O Savior, and save me.

Under the protection of your wings I shall be covered and fall asleep, for in you only Lord, does my hope lie.

Into you hands, O lord, I commend my soul and body. Do bless me, do have mercy on me and do grant me eternal life. Amen.

Other Prayers

Prayer of St. Ephraim of Syria
O Lord, Master of my life, grant that I may not be infected with the spirit of slothfulness and inquisitiveness, with the spirit of ambition and vain talking.
Grant instead to me, your servant, the spirit of purity and humility, the spirit of patience and neighborly love.
O Lord and King, bestow upon me the grace of being aware of my sins and not thinking evil of those of my brethren.
The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.
Prayer of the Trinity
My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory to you.
Never Failing
O never failing protection of Christians, and their ever present advocate before the Creator, turn not away from the prayers of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us, who call upon you with faith. Hasten, O Mother of God, to interceed for us, for you always protect those who honor you.
Prayer of Dorotheus of Gaza
O God, help my brothers and sisters in _____________and help me by their prayers.
 

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