Holy Wisdom Orthodox Mission
1355 North 4th Street • Grand Junction, CO 81501
(On the corner of North 4th Street & Kennedy Street)

holywisdomorthodox@gmail.com • 720-295-7715
A mission parish of the
Orthodox Church in America , and the Diocese of the West
Akathist Kanon
to the Theotokos
Preparation for
After Receiving
Jesus Prayer
The Komboschoíni The Prayer Corner

Individual Daily Prayer for Orthodox Christians

Why do we pray?
Daily prayer is essential to a healthy Orthodox Christian life. It is not an option.

The way to enter the Kingdom of heaven is by the acquisition of the Holy Spirit, and the only way to acquire the Holy Spirit is through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

When do we pray?
Orthodox Christians are encouraged to pray:

Morning, upon rising,
Before and after meals, whether at home or in public,
Throughout the day, by reciting the Jesus Prayer,
Evening, before going to bed.

How do we pray?
Orthodox Christians are encouraged to read the following traditional, customary daily prayers:

Morning Prayer, click here,
Mealtime Prayers, click here,
Jesus Prayer, click here.
Evening Prayer, click here,
Prayers in Preparation for Holy Communion, click here,
Prayers After Receiving Holy Communion, click here,

Where do we pray?
Orthodox Christians are encouraged to have a personal or family “Prayer Corner,” click here.

What is a “Prayer Rule”?
Orthodox Christians are encouraged to meet with their spiritual father, typically their parish priest, and discuss the structure and order for daily prayer, Scripture reading, and reciting the Jesus Prayer. A typical, personal “prayer rule” may look something like this:

Upon rising from sleep:
      Morning Prayer click here.
The daily Epistle and Gospel readings.
The Jesus Prayer click here:
      300 “Stavrotá” (saying “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me”), and
      100 “Stavrotá” (saying “Most holy Theotokos, save me”).
“Stavrotá" indicates making the Sign of the Cross followed by a short bow while saying “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me” or “Most holy Theotokos, save me.” The Greek word for “Cross” is «Σταυρός» (“Stavrós”), thus a “Stavrotá” means the “making of the (sign of) the Cross.”
Before going to sleep:
      Evening Prayer with the Akathist, click here.