Prayer of St John of Kronstadt

Lord! grant that Thy temple may communicate to all who enter into it with faith, piety  and fear of God, the enlightenment of their souls, the cleansing from their sins, sanctification, peace, health, tranquility of soul—that it may strengthen their faith, hope and love; that it may further the amendment of their lives, success in all their good beginnings and works,
mutual love, pure Christian life, the softening of their hearts, and the cessation of self-love, hard-heartedness, covetousness, greediness, envy...

St John of Kronstadt

The Prayer of the Third Hour, of St Basil the Great

O Master, God the Father Almighty; O Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son; and Thou, O Holy Spirit; One Godhead and One Power; Have mercy on me a sinner, and by those judgments which Thou knowest save me, Thine unworthy servant; For blessed art Thou unto the ages. Amen.

We suffer because...

We suffer because we have no humility and we do not love our brother. From love of our brother comes the love of God. People do not learn humility,

Take stock of your soul

Now, being in your case, if you are about to take up residence in a city, you make many inquiries about the air quality, whether or not it is salubrious, temperate, dry; but if you are about to take stock of your soul, are you as exercised about its converse with people likely to associate with it instead of simply turning it over to whomever it chances upon?

St. John Chrysostom



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