An Orthodox Prayer

I love this prayer. It is so simple and beautiful.  It is a “night” prayer, comparable to Compline in the Catholic tradition.  It’s from the book: Praying With the Orthodox Tradition, using liturgical prayers compiled by Stefano Parenti, and translated by Paula Clifford. 

Jesus Christ Pantocrator


O Lord our God, make our hearts obedient to your divine will;

turn our eyes away from vain things, that,  free from the world’s attractions, they may always look on your glorious beauty.

For you are our God, the God of compassion and salvation, and we glorify you,  Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever, to the ages of ages.   Amen.


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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3 Responses to An Orthodox Prayer

  1. SR says:

    Reinkat, when you have time, (no hurry) could you please explain to me the difference in the Orthodox Church, The East verses the West, and is it all under Rome. Thanks.

    • reinkat says:

      In brief, they are 2 separate faith traditions that separated in the 12th Century (I think it was then).

      The Orthodox church does not accept the primacy of the Pope. They are organized with a series of regional patriarchs being the top of their heirarchy. The Orthodox church is the official church of Greece, of Russia, and is very strong in Serbia and other eastern European countries. It is also growing rapidly in the U.S., where it is known as the OCA (Orthodox Church of America). Because of the Russian influence, there are many Orthodox people in Alaska. I find the Orthodox liturgies, chant, prayer, and churches incredibly beautiful.

      The 2 churches have nearly identical doctrines. I see little difference in teaching, but a difference in emphasis in some areas. For one example, we both venerate and honor Mary. The Roman Catholic church is more into calling her the Virgin Mary, or Our Lady, and referring to those aspects of her. The Orthodox call her “Theotokos” or the God-Bearer, and stress the face that she is the human mother of God. We both believe in the importance of these aspects of Mary, but one is emphasized more in one church than the other.

      There are some churches during the time of schism that decided to go with the Roman Catholic church, yet retain much of the Orthodox influence in their liturgies and format. Their priests can marry. There is much use of icons in worship and prayer. They are called Eastern Rite Catholic Churches, and are in full communion with our church. You can go to Divine Liturgy instead of Mass and receive the Eucharist there.

      Pope John Paul II tried very hard to reach accord with the Orthodox leaders. He has said that to worship with both traditions was “to breathe with both lungs”. Pope Benedict is continuing with his efforts to heal the long-ago breach with our Eastern brothers and sisters.

  2. SR says:

    Thanks so much. Finally just a simple answer I can understand. Thanks again. SR

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