Praying the Psalms »

October 22nd, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, June 1, 2018 There is a reason why I end many of these reflections quoting the Psalms.  This is because the Psalms read as prayers, many of which are appropriate to use as our personal prayers.  One piece of advice I have given many times is for people to read through the book of Psalms (read one a day – it will take you five months) […]

“Showing Up” to Pray »

October 15th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, May 31, 2108 My Spiritual Father (the priest who I go to confession to, who also serves as a mentor and confidant) has taught me many things over the years.  One phrase he has used that I always try to remember, in prayer, worship and other things is: “Eighty percent of life is just showing up.”  In other words, eighty percent of the effort we make in doing […]

Prayer of the Heart in an Age of Technology and Distraction, Part 3 »

September 26th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Maximos (Constas) Man is a creature of great depth, created by God, but after the Fall we are easily distracted from the depths, being enamored with mere surface appearances. What in our world today serves to distract us from the depths, and what can we do about it? It’s hard not to hark back to the saint of the day—Isidore of Pelusium, for a very famous quote that […]

“Pros-Efhi” – Towards a Blessing »

September 24th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3 The word for “prayer” in Greek is “Prosefhi,” which literally means “to” or “toward” (pros) a “blessing” (efhi).  So, one way to look at prayer is that it involves receiving the blessing of God over a person, an activity, a […]

The Greatest Prayer there is. »

September 17th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis The GREATEST prayer that there is, is the Divine Liturgy.  There is no higher expression of prayer.  For at the climax of this prayer is the Eucharist, is receiving Christ Himself.  No other expression of prayer affords us this.  However, the Divine Liturgy is very dry without a personal life of prayer.  The Divine Liturgy should be the crown of a week of private prayer. I […]