How should we pray?
Private prayer | Family prayer | Mass prayer: Church
Praise | Yield | Ask | Repent
In what order do we pray?
Begin by saying: "In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; One God, Amen" Make the sign of the cross.
Say the Daily Prayers: I Cross my Face, In the Name of the Holy Trinity, We Thank You Lord, Our Father, By the Salutation of St. Gabriel, The Creed, Glory to the Father, I Bow to the Father, Holy Holy Holy, Peace be unto You, The Exaltation of St. Mary.
1st) Praise the Lord 2nd) Thank Him for everything -family, health..etc 3rd) Humbly admit we are sinners, ask for forgiveness & make our personal request.
At the End
Conclude with Lord's Prayer, Salutation of St. Gabriel, Cross ourselves. Some say Glory to God, His Virgin Mother, and His Precious Cross.
When do we pray?
Prayer is constantly remembering God, in every work that we do. Not simply a structure or set of rules we follow. But that through these guidances we may become one with our Creator. In Mind, in Body, in Heart, in Spirit.
By the death of martyrs religion has been defended, faith increased, the Church strengthened; the dead have conquered, the persecutors have been overcome. So, too, David rejoiced in prophecy at the departure of his own soul, saying: ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.’ ” + St. Ambrose of Milan
What is the PURPOSE of Prayer?
The PURPOSE = to have COMMUNION with God & to be made capable of accomplishing His will. *Source: OCA
Prayer Bodily positions:
-Kneeling (Acts 9:40)
-Lying with the face downward [Prostrating] (Matt 26:39)
-Standing (Matt 6:5)
-Raising one's hands (Psalm 28:2)
While praying you should NOT:
Talk with any person
Interrupt others when they are praying (wait until they finish)
Do Not cease prayers if interrupted by another unless it an emergency (if someone is trying to interrupt you use your fingers or hands in a stop --hold on-- posture for the other person)