Prayer

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Prayer, with fasting and almsgiving, is one of the three "pillars of piety" (Matthew 6:1-18).

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Personal and Private Prayer

The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is a short contemplative prayer.

See full article: Jesus Prayer.

The Our Father

See full article: Our Father.

Liturgical Prayer

Prayerbooks

Seasonal prayers

Intercessory prayer

Prayer for the dead

The deceased are remembered at a special service called "Saturday of the Souls" held four times a year: the two Saturdays prior to Great Lent, the first Saturday of Great Lent, and the Saturday before Pentecost. Orthodox believe that it is the duty of the living to remember and pray for the deceased. A general prayer is said for specific individuals and all unknown souls who have no one to pray for them. Parishoners bring small dishes of kollyva to the church and submit a list of first names of the deceased loved ones to the priest.

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