St. Paul Orthodox Church
Katy, Texas

Prayer may seem an odd thing to list under Holy Tradition; however, Church Fathers and Saints through the years have written much on the subject.  We pray from the Bible, we pray the prayers of the Saints, we pray occasional prayers and the Jesus prayer and we petition God regarding our personal concerns.  Below are some examples.

Portions of the Psalter are prayed during Matins, Vespers and Divine Liturgy.  The Psalter has been divided into daily portions so that we may easily pray the Psalms in their entirety each month.

The Lord’s Prayer was given to us by Christ, Mt. 6:9-13.  We pray this at every service.  Father Thomas Hopko gave an illuminating talk on this prayer.

The Prayer of Saint Ephraim sums up the spirit of Lent.

Occasional Prayers include a variety of praises, petitions and thanksgiving for various circumstances.  The “Jesus Prayer” is a special petition that may be said during personal devotions or it may be used as a panic button.  When all else fails, we employ the “Jesus Prayer” to restore peace of soul.  God is gracious to hear us when we cry out.


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