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« on: February 11, 2010, 11:38:38 PM »

A thread dedicated to

Orthodox Prayers and Poetry



A wise elder once said that to merely have the poetry and prayers of the Fathers of our church in his room was prayer in and of itself ...

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2010, 11:39:10 PM »

St Gregory on his Soul
PG 37, 1425-1426


You have a job to do, soul, and a great one, if you like:
examine yourself, what it is you are and how you act,
where you come from, and where you're going to end,
and whether to live is this very life you are living, or something else besides.

You have a job to do, soul: by these things cleanse your life.
Make me to know God and God's mysteries.
What was there before this universe, and why is this universe here for you?
Where has it come from, and where is it going?

You have a job to do, soul, by these things cleanse your life.
How does God guide and turn the unvierse:
or why are some things permanent, while other things flow away,
and us especially, in this chaning life?

You have a job to do, soul: look to God alone.
What was my former glory, what is this present arrogance?
What will be my crown, and what the end of my life?
Of these things inform me, and check the mind from wandering.

A job you have to do, soul: lest you suffer in deep trouble.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2010, 11:40:00 PM »

O Christ come among men
as source of light,
Your ineffable birth
is before the beginning of time.
You are the radiant light shining with the Father.
You irradiate lusterless matter
and illumine the souls of the faithful.

You have created the world
and fixed the orbit of the stars;
You sustain the axis of the earth,
You save all mankind.
You guide the sun in its course
to light up all our days
and the crescent moon
which dispels the darkness of night.
You make the seed to sprout
preparing food for the flocks.
From your inexhaustible fount
You pour out the splendor of life
making fruitful the whole universe.

~~~ Synesius of Cyrene, c. 400 ~~~
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2010, 11:41:00 PM »

What is my praise before Thee?

I have not heard the cherubim singing,
that is the lot of souls sublime,
but I know how nature praises thee.

In winter I have thought about the whole earth praying quietly to Thee in the
silence of the moon,
wrapped around in a mantle of white,
sparkling with diamonds of snow.

I have seen how the rising sun rejoiced in Thee,
and choirs of birds sang forth glory.

I have heard how secretly the forest noises Thee abroad,
how the winds sing,
the waters gurgle,
how the choirs of stars preach of Thee
in serried motion through unending space.


~ A poem written by Archpriest Grigori Petrov (Gregory Petrov),
shortly before his death in a Siberian prison camp in 1942.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2010, 11:41:20 PM »

Whom have we, Lord, like you? -
The Great One who became small, the Wakeful who slept,
The Pure One who was baptized, the Living One who died,
The King who abased himself to ensure honor for all.
Blessed is your honor!

It is right that man should acknowledge your divinity,
It is right for heavenly beings to worship your humanity.
The heavenly beings were amazed to see how small you became,
And earthly ones to see how exalted.

~~~ St. Ephrem the Syrian
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2010, 11:41:49 PM »

A Communion Prayer
~ St. Dmitri of Rostov

Open, O doors and bolts of my heart,
that Christ the King of Glory may enter!
Enter, O my Light, and enlighten my darkness;
enter, O my Life, and resurrect my deadness;
enter, O my Physician, and heal my wounds;
enter, O Divine Fire, and burn up the thorns of my sins;
ignite my inward parts and my heart with the flame of Thy love;
enter, O my King, and destroy in me the kingdom of sin;
sit on the throne of my heart and alone reign in me,
O Thou, my King and Lord.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2010, 11:42:11 PM »

O Sun of justice, blessed ray,
the first source of light;
O ardently Desired, above all else;
joy of the good, vision of fulfilled hope,
praised and heavenly, Christ the Creator;
fill the void of my miserable voice
with your almighty word;
and offer it as a supplication
pleasing to your Father Most High,
for you have come into the world in likeness to me,
subjecting yourself to human suffering,
the heritage of the curse.
O blessing of life, watchful providence
for all, both small and great!
If you accepted to die for me,
you, God and Lord of all,
how much more,
for the sake of the body you assumed, of your nature,
will you pardon the weakness that leads me into danger,
interceding for me, a sinner,
with the Father whose glory you share.


~~~ Gregory of Narek, Armenian hymnographer, AD 951-1003
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2010, 11:44:44 PM »

"But I, I have not kept God's holy mysteries,
with a soul initiated in the way again to heaven,
but the dust's weight weighs me down, nor could I manage
to cast my gaze to light, when I rose from the mud
Yes, cast it! But midway there arose a cloud, blocking the view,
the flesh stirred up by a mundane spirit.
Many cares turn about in my heart, this way and that,
empty things, from a wandering mind,
casting Christ, God the Word, far off...
But now, while God provided every member as good, to do good things,
evil has found them an instrument toward my death.
What is this law for me? How am I bound upon earth by flesh?
How, as a body mingled with light spirit,
am I not totally mind, a pure nature, not totally
a dust of lesser things, but something else, from both, and both?
Therefore I wage an unending battle of war, with
flesh and soul opposed to one another.
I am the image of God, and am drawn to wickedness..."

--St. Gregory the Theologian
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2010, 11:51:56 PM »

In the midsts of that night


In the midst of that night, in my darkness,
I saw the awesome sight of Christ
opening the heavens for me.

And he bent down to me and showed himself to me
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
in the thrice holy light --
a single light in three, and a threefold light in one,
for they are altogether light,
and the three are but one light,.

And he illumined my soul
more radiantly than the sun,
and he lit up my mind,
which had until then been in darkness.

Never before had my mind seen such things.
I was blind, you should know it, and I saw nothing.

That was why this strange wonder
was so astonishing to me,
when Christ, as it were, opened the eye of my mind,
when he gave me sight, as it were,
and it was him that I saw.

He is Light within Light, who appears
to those who contemplate him,
and contemplatives see him in light --
see him, that is, in the light of the Spirit...

And now, as if from far off,
I still see that unseeable beauty,
that unapproachable light, that unbearable glory.
My mind is completely astounded.

I tremble with fear.

Is this a small taste from the abyss,
which like a drop of water
serves to make all water known
in all its qualities and aspects?...

I found him, the One whom I had seen from afar,
the one whom Stephen saw
when the heavens opened,
and later whose vision blinded Paul.

Truly, he was as a fire in the center of my heart.
I was outside myself, broken down, lost to myself,
and unable to bear the unendurable brightness of that glory.
And so, I turned
and fled into the night of the senses.

--St Symeon the New Theologian, Hymns of Divine Love
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