Our Venerable Father Symeon
Archbishop of Thessaloniki
That all Christians: clergy,
monastics and laity, should pray in the name of Jesus Christ
This Name of Jesus as a prayer
should be said always by all the faithful with the mind and with the tongue.
When standing or walking or sitting or reclining, always say it; forcing
yourself to it. He will find great calm and joy in it, as has been the
experience of all who occupy themselves with the prayer. Since this work is
above all others in our life, the monks who find themselves in the midst of
noise must concern themselves at least some time with this highest work.
And generally, we all should have
as a pattern of prayer this prayer which is active and works with power in all -
whether they be clergy or monastics or laity.
And particularly monastics, who
have undertaken this work of prayer, have especially need of this prayer even if
they happen to find themselves in noisy ministries. Therefore let us always
hurry to this active prayer and pray to the Lord without ceasing. Never mind
that there be wandering thoughts and confusion in the mind; and let us not be
careless because the enemy attacks and for a moment overcomes us. Let us return
immediately to the prayer, and indeed return with joy!
Let the ordained be diligent in
this apostolic work and consider it equal to divine preaching or other divine
assistance and perform it with love and fear in the sight of God.
Those found in the world should
have the Prayer of Christ as a seal and as a sign of faith, as a protection and
sanctification. And by the power which they receive from this prayer let them
overcome every temptation.
Let all of us, ordained and
monastics and laity, unite ourselves with Christ in our hearts as soon as we
wake from sleep, let us remember Christ! And that will be the start of every
good idea and suitable sacrifice through our Christ. For certainly we must
always think of Christ Who saved us and loved us. Through this we are Christians
and are named as such. We have put Him on in divine Baptism and been sealed with
the Holy Myron and received His Holy Flesh and Blood. And further we are members
of Him. His Temple! We have put Him on and He has dwelt in us!
For this it behooves us to
continually love Him, and remember Him.
Let each of us have a time
according to his ability and let him dedicate to the Prayer as is due.
We have spoken enough on this
theme and whoever desires more will certainly find it.
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