How to begin a simple prayer rule starting today

Roosh

Cardinal
Orthodox
1. Print out an icon of Jesus Christ, such as this one. Place the paper icon in an area of your house without visual distractions.

2. Print out these prayers from the rule of St. Pachomius. Before going to bed, read them slowly with heart. (Since you don't have a prayer rope, it's sufficient to do a few Jesus Prayers instead of 100). If you don't have a printer, put your phone in airplane mode and read from the website.

3. After the Jesus Prayer section, converse with God on your needs, challenges, difficulties, and questions. Talk to Him as a child to his father. Then complete your prayer with the Dismissal.

4. Ask questions to others who are engaged in Orthodox spiritual life.
 

aguy01

Chicken
Orthodox Inquirer
Thank you for this. Deliberate evening prayers are much harder for me than morning. I'm so used to sitting on the computer until I'm tired and ready to go straight to bed. Think I'll try to set an alarm for 8pm or something a little earlier than when I normally fall asleep so that I can do them before I'm too tired.
 

Roosh

Cardinal
Orthodox
Should we ask for a blessing from a priest before we start? It seems like it would increase the likelihood that we will be able to stick with it.
If you're already in the Church, yes, it's best to get a blessing for prayer rule changes.

Otherwise, start a basic rule approved by the Church and then update the priest of the church you eventually join.
 
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