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Occasional Prayers

Prayer for the sick
Prayer before work
Prayer after work
Prayer for a childless couple
Prayer for acceptance of God's will
When we don't know what to prayer for
Prayer for hope
Prayer for purity
Another prayer for purity
Prayer for parents


PRAYER FOR THE SICK

O Christ, Who alone art our Defender: Visit and heal Thy suffering servant N.________, delivering him from sickness and grievous pains. Raise him up that he may sing to Thee and praise Thee without ceasing, through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.

PRAYER BEFORE ANY WORK

O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, Thou hast said, "Without me you can do nothing." In faith I embrace Thy words, O Lord, and bow before Thy goodness. Help me to complete the work I am about to begin for Thine own glory: in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER ANY WORK

Thou, O Christ, art Thyself the fulfillment of all good things! Fill my soul with joy and gladness, and save me, for Thou art all merciful.

PRAYER FOR A CHILDLESS COUPLE

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Hear us, O Merciful and All-powerful God, that this petition be fulfilled by Thy Grace. Be merciful, O Lord, to our supplications and remember Thy statute, by which Thou didst ordain the increase of the human race. Mercifully visit us, that this union which is in Thee, be preserved by Thy help. O Truly-gracious God, by Thy power Thou madest all things from nothingness, and established a beginning for all things; Thou madest man in the Image of God with the inseparable help of woman; Thou didst ordain that the body of the woman conceive with the help of a man, and Thou didst teach us that what God has joined together ought never to be sundered. O our God, Thou sanctified the union of spouses with a high Mystery in which was prefigured the mystical union of Christ with Thine Church. The bride is joined to the husband and the first friendship is given a new arrangement with a blessing. Look down, O Merciful One, on these Thy servants, N., who are joined together in marriage, and who entreat of Thee refuge and help, that there be in them such mercy, peace and joy, that no deed of Satan may be found in them. Let them be fruitful, and let them see their children's children, granting them even third and fourth generations. And let them attain to ripe old age and enter into the heavenly tabernacle. For Thou art a merciful God, and the Lover of Mankind, and to Thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

PRAYER FOR ACCEPTANCE OF GOD'S WILL

O Lord, I do not know what to ask of Thee. Thou alone knowest what are my true needs. Thou lovest me more than I know how to love Thee. Help me to see my real needs which are concealed from me. I dare not ask either a cross or consolation. I can only wait on Thee. My heart is open to Thee. Visit me and help me, for Thy great mercy's sake. Strike me and heal me; cast me down and raise me up. I worship in silence Thy holy will and Thine inscrutable ways. I offer myself as a sacrifice to Thee. I put all my trust in Thee. I have no other desire than to fulfill Thy will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thou Thyself in me. Amen.
-- St. Philaret of Moscow

WHEN WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO PRAY FOR

O Jesus, Word with infinite names,
show me what and how
I should ask from Thee in my requests.
O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.

-- St. Nicodemos of Mount Athos

PRAYER FOR HOPE

O Lord our God, under the shadow of Thy wings let us hope. Thou wilt support us, both when little, even to gray hairs. When our strength is of Thee, it is strength; but, when our own, it is feebleness. We return unto Thee, O Lord, from their weariness our souls may rise towards Thee, leaning on the things which Thou has created, and passing on to Thyself, who hast wonderfully made them; for with Thee is refreshment and true strength. Amen.

-- St. Augustine

PRAYER FOR PURITY

Again have I the wretched one been tripped up in my mind by serving my evil and sinful habits. Again I am dragged as a captive by the prince of darkness and the father of passionate pleasure; and as a slave, humiliated by his will, he forces me to serve the desires of the flesh. And what am I to do, O My Lord, redeemer and defender of all who hope in Thee; but to turn again to Thee, and sigh, and beg forgiveness for the things which I have done. But I fear and tremble that perhaps even though I confess daily and try to avoid harmful things, yet still I cease not to sin every hour, and fail to render my prayer to Thee, my God, I might yet incite Thy patience unto wrath. And who can bear Thine anger, O Lord? Wherefore, knowing the multitude of Thy compassions and abyss of Thy love for mankind, again I throw myself upon Thy mercy, and I cry unto Thee saying: I have sinned, O Lord; have mercy upon me, the fallen one. Grant unto me Thy hand in help, who am sunk in the pit of pleasures; and do not abandon me, O Lord, Thy servant, to be destroyed by mine iniquities and my sins. Rather, in Thy usual goodness deliver me from the pollution and the stain of my flesh and from my passionate thoughts which in every day defile my miserable soul. Behold, O Lord my God, there is not even one place in it that is clean, but it is altogether leprous; my body is itself one great wound. Let Thou Thyself, therefore, as the healer of souls and the wellspring of life, cleanse my soul with tears which Thou shalt pour out upon me abundantly. Grant me healing and cleansing, and turn not Thy face from me, lest the darkness of despair consume me as fire. But as Thou Thyself, the all-true God, hast said that there is joy in heaven at the return of a sinner, let this be unto me, a sinner. Close not the ears of Thy compassion against the prayer of my repentance; but open them unto me and direct my prayer before Thee as incense. Thou, the Creator, knowest the weakness of our nature, how easily we slip in our youth; yet Thou overlookest the sins and Thou acceptest the repentance of those who confess to Thee in truth. For Thou alone art sinless, and unto Thee we send up glory, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

-- St. Basil the Great

ANOTHER PRAYER FOR PURITY

O all-merciful, incorrupt, pure, undefiled, only sinless Lord, cleanse me, Thy useless servant from all defilements of body and soul, and from this impurity which hath happened to me because of my carelessness and indifference, together with all mine other iniquities. Purify me of every stain by the grace of Thy Christ; sanctify me by sending down Thy Holy Spirit; so that, rising up from the fog of mine impurities and the fantasies of the devil, and from every diabolical defilement, I might be made worthy in pure conscience to open my foul and polluted mouth to praise Thine all-holy Name of The Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

-- St. Basil the Great

PRAYER FOR PARENTS

Lord Jesus Christ my God, who carried Your own Holy Cross to Golgotha, grant me the strength, patience and wisdom to bear the burdens of parenthood. Fulfill in me all that I'm lacking and grant that through our prayers and those of Your holy mother, our family may grow closer to You and a Life in Christ. Amen.


St Philip Prayer Discipline, a Pan-Orthodox ministry, is a program of the Fellowship of St John the Divine.