(1) Private prayer is said at home and at any appropriate place. Every home should have a private Altar set up just for Prayers. It is a solemn prayer made to God privately by shutting the room so as not to be seen and heard by anyone, and lifting your heart to his Creator to be seen and heard by Him alone. ~ (Matt. 6 : 6- 13) A Husband and wife should pray at the appointed times, preferably in a separate room. But if either one is an unbeliever, then the one faithful should pray alone.
(2) Family prayer is a prayer offered by all members of the family together.
For this the prayer of Cornelius the Centurian will be an example. (Acts 10 : 2 - 6)
(3) Public prayer is a prayer to be said by the clergy and the laity, men and women,
old and young gathered together in the church and in all convenient places.
It states in the Old Testament that the faithful used to go to the temple and pray.
(1 Sam.1 :19 -13, Ps.121, Lk. 18:10)
Also in the New Testament, the apostles and their followers used to pray in the
upper room and at the house of Mary, St. Mark's Mother, which served as the first
Christian gathering. They also gathered at the church of Antioch (Acts 1 :14, 25, 3: 1, 12 :12,
13 : 1 -3)
According to this our church has rules that the clergy and laity together praise the Lord in prayer, hymn, liturgy, horology (Saatat). Saatat is conducted throughout the year in monasteries and big churches, on Sundays and holidays. Saatat is also performed for the dead during the night.
There is also Saatat for the day time. It is said daily at every hour during the time of fast.
~ Cantillation (Hymn) is a song performed in union by the clergy with prayer sticks, sistrums and drums.
(see photo's at top of this page)
The hymn of Lent is sung without sistrums and drums; it's sung with prayer sticks only.
All Christians should pray, and if they don't know how,
it is fundamental that they learn how and when to pray.
+ When one prays, he should stand up. (raise up in the manner of Christ's prayer). Stand erect on two feet without leaning on a pole or the wall as a support. (Psalm 5 : 3)
+ He should grid himself; as the Lord has said, " Let your loins be girded", (Luke 12 : 35), wearing clothes down over the shoulders and round the waist; which means also spiritual girt or concentration of mind.
+ He should face toward the East, for this is the direction Christ will appear in His second coming. If there is a church, then Pray faceing the Church. ~ He should not move his eyes looking around to the right or left or think strange thoughts. He should pray with open hands, stretching the hands, and lifting up the heart.
+ You may begin and end prayer by prostrating yourself once or thrice, especially when there is mention of the adoration of God, and do the same at the end of the prayer, because once is the symbol of Oneness and three times is the symbol of the Trinity.
He should kneel down and prostrate himself after the manner of Our Lord Eeysus Kristos,
who prayed kneeling and prostrating Himself on the night of His Passion.
Monks and some of the Faithful prostrate themselves 36 times in each prayer's time, 252 for one day.
There are others who go beyond this, it depends on the requirements and the strength and the will of the individual. It is especially mandatory for all Christians to kneel and prostrate themselves hundreds of times, especially during Passion Week. On Good Friday the faithful spend the whole day in church prostrating to their physical limit.
~ ~ ~ However prostrating is prohibited on the Feast days of Our Lord and the Virgin Mariam, after receiving Holy Communion, and on the Sundays 55 days after Easter, and on Pentecost.
+ At the beginning and closing of prayer, he should make the Sign of the Cross by crossing his body with the pointing finger from forehead downward and from left to right. By doing this he chases away the devil. The sign from forehead downward marks the descending of our Lord Christ from Heaven to earth. From left to right indicates that Christ exalted from low degree to glory and brought us to paradise. While crossing your body, it is essential to remember Christ's suffering.
+ When you pray you should concentrate your mind and heart on the Lord. You should pray humbly and silently. The Lord said, " when thou prayest thou shall not be like the hypocrites; for they love to pray standing in the corner of the streets that they may be seen by men. Use not vain repetition as the heathen do, for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking. But when thou prayest, pray to thy Father in secret, and thy Father which see in secret shall reward you openly" ( Matt. 6 :5 - 15).
+ Whosoever prays while prostrating once or thrice,
shall make the sign of the cross crossing their body and say first :
I cross my face and all over my body with the sign of the cross.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, One God.
Secondly; He crosses himself saying "Lord pity us, Lord spare us, Lord have
Mercy upon us, and Bless us, Amen."
Thirdly; in crossing himself 3 times, praying and prostrating should say the
prayer "Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son, and the Holy Spirit, both now
and forever, and ever, world without end, Amen." (Refer to "Daily Prayers" page)
I believe and offer my supplications unto the Holy trinity.
I denounce Satan in the sight of the Holy Mother Orthodox Church.
And in the presence of the Virgin Maryam whom is Zion for ever and ever. Amen
The words of the prayer must always be based in the Holy Scriptures, including the Lord's Prayer, but during repentance the creed must also be used. The Psalms of David are recited every day and night. The reason is that there are hundreds of passages suitable for glorification of God.
~ In the morning, Psalm 63 is recommended, for it says : " Oh God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee . . .
~ In the evening, Psalm 141 is recommended, for it says : " Let my prayers be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Then the Lords Prayer (clergymen must always pray the Prayer of Daniel the Prophet ~ Daniel 9 : 3 - end )
1st we say "Our Father who art in Heaven, followed by the Psalms, next the prayer of our Lady Mariam (magnificant) is recited, the creed, (prayer of confession), and at the last The Lord's Prayer including Virgin Mariam Prayer.
All prayers should end with The Lord's Prayer and Prayer of the Virgin Mariam again, then .....
Kyrie ~ Eleison is said 41 times at the end of prayers. (My Lord have Mercy)
or you can say : Ig-zee-'o tesahalene 41 ( "Lord have mercy upon us" )
When praying you should not talk with any person interrupting your prayer. However, if you are faced with
a serious problem that forces you to interupt your prayer, you should say the Lord's Prayer and talk.
When you are finished talking, then resume your prayer at the point where you stopped.