Prayers for Orthodox Christians

The Lord’s Prayer; The Jesus Prayer, The Nicene Creed

Acknowledging that the following three English language prayer versions are from the daily scripture readings and prayers iOS free app graciously provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America,8 East 79th Street • New York, NY 10075

As we draw near in prayer to the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we seek wisdom into the fullness in each prayer verse

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread; 
and forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us; 
and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.

This content is under copyright and used with permission, all rights reserved: New Testament and Psalms for Orthodox Christians: Military Edition. American Bible Society, 2008.   

 

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The Jesus Prayer

Prayer to Our Lord, Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

or

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

The Jesus Prayer is an invocation to the living Christ. In the Jesus Prayer we confess Christ as Lord and ask Him for His mercy. The Jesus Prayer combines St. Paul’s doxology (Phil 2:11), the tax collector’s spirit of repentance (Lk 18:33), and the blind man’s plea for enlightenment (Mk 10:47,51). The Jesus Prayer is appropriate for every Christian and may be recited in all circumstances-while kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, eating, traveling, working, or falling asleep. It may be offered at regular prayer times, during breaks at home and office, even in the bustle of commuting to and from work or while shopping and preparing meals. Its brevity makes it useful as a way of centering the inner consciousness on Christ, guarding against temptations, and finding ready spiritual strength.

This content is under copyright and used with permission, all rights reserved: The Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. ‘My Orthodox Prayer Book.’ Brookline, MA, 2012

 

The Nicene Creed

As an Orthodox Christian, my beliefs are…

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate and suffered and was buried; And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.

Amen.

This content is under copyright and used with permission, all rights reserved: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

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