Morning Prayer: Mon, 13 Mar – John 1:1, 14, 26 ~ breathe in, breathe out

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentences

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Reading: John 1:1, 14, 26 (NLT)

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
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John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize….”
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Jesus Prayer:Prayer of the Heart (orthodoxprayer.org)

The Jesus Prayer is very simple:

“Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner,”
(For different languages)

The Jesus Prayer according to numerous Church Fathers is “essential” to our spiritual growth. The Jesus Prayer proclaims our faith and humbles us by asking mercy for our sinfulness. The Jesus Prayer is thought to be as old as the Church itself.

Jesus Christ – the Power In the Name
The Jesus Prayer’s power comes from the use of our Lord’s Name, Jesus Christ, Son of God. It is a confession of our faith.
read more about the power of the name Jesus Christ

Jesus Prayer requires Humility
The Jesus Prayer in its practice assumes you are a regular participant in the worship services of the Church, in her Sacraments and aware of your sinfulness. Be sure to consult with and follow the advice of your spiritual Father. Humility is a prerequisite for all prayer, especially the Jesus Prayer.
read more about role of humility in practicing the Jesus Prayer

Jesus Prayer Has Two Functions
The Jesus Prayer has two important purposes. The first is worship as with all prayer. The second is a discipline to help our soul gain control of our overactive brains and create stillness so the Holy Spirit can work through us and help us live the virtues in union with God.
read more about the two functions of the Jesus Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”

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“Breathe” – Michael W. Smith


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Blessing

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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