June 23, 2006 Length: 1:00:55
In this program we discuss the topic of "personal prayer" in the Orthodox Tradition. Liturgical (corporate) and personal prayer are tightly linked together because the goal of all prayer is, ultimately, union with God. To "pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17) is to live every moment consciously in the presence of God and to "take every thought captive to Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5). The Fathers teach that when we set ourselves to pray seriously, we enter the arena of spiritual warfare with the hosts of Satan whose aim is to keep us from God. As in all things, the Orthodox Christian succeeds in prayer through humility and simplicity - and the Jesus Prayer and the prayer rope are our aids in making our lives, as Paul Evdokimov says, "prayer incarnate."
"Having grown up in a family that moved around a lot, it can be hard to leave behind my favorite Orthodox hymns from church to church and diocese to diocese—especially the beautiful melodies that distinguish Lent. Now as I am again experiencing Lent in a new town and different church for the first time, it's great to hear some of my favorite Lenten hymns on Ancient Faith. Thank you!!"