“Find the door of your heart. You will discover it is the door of the kingdom of God.”
St. John Chrysostom
Patron Saint - St. Xenia
This prayer ministry is guided by the dean of the cathedral and by the ministry’s patron, St. Xenia, who is the patron saint of St. Petersburg, Russia. Tradition has it that, upon her husband's death, St. Xenia gave away all of her possessions to the poor. She is a highly-regarded Fool-for-Christ, who fell asleep in the Lord in 1803. Her feast day is the 24th of January. St. Xenia intercedes for those searching for a job, a spouse, or a home. She helps those praying to save a marriage or for the healing of mental illness.
Praying for OthersThe ministry gathers together weekly by phone and monthly in the church. Join us as we pray for others with prayers of the saints and akathists.
Become a subscriber to weekly updates of our gatherings. Send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our ministry will pray for all people who request prayer. Please submit a name (first name only) of the person to pray for. Send to: email@example.com
Virtual Psalter Group
More about the Psalter Group
- The praying of the Psalter is an ancient Christian tradition.
- The Psalms are a key part of Scripture that are referred to in our Nicene Creed when we say, “….and he rose on the 3rd day according to the Scripture”.
How It Works:
The Book of Psalms is divided into twenty sections, or kathismata. Each kathisma contains 6-8 psalms. Every person takes about 15-20 minutes a day to pray his/her assigned kathisma for the day. The prayer is done at a time of the reader’s own choosing and in whatever language he decides. The group prayed in English, Greek and Korean.
What Saints Said about the Psalter
“No other book so glorifies God as does the Psalter. It profits the soul; it glorifies God together with the angels. A psalm is the author of peace.” St. Basil the Great
“It would be better for the sun to fall from its orbit than to neglect reading the Psalter, for it is of great benefit to study the psalms, and to read the Psalter diligently.” St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Monastery Every day at 3:00 pm Hawaii (9:00 am Eastern) time, the ministry joins the nuns in prayer (the Jesus Prayer) for 15 minutes. The sisters in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin extended a warm invitation to all to join them virtually.
Praying for Departed Souls
Orthodox Christians pray for the departed souls as part of their regular prayer life. This is in addition to anniversary remembrances and the Saturday of the Souls.
The Prayer Ministry can work with families to arrange a memorial service and ensure the departed’s name is on our prayer list. Please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Recap of last synopsis: The meaning of St. Paul’s passage saying that God’s power is manifest in weakness means to be completely supple, transparent, and abandoned in the hands of God. To be humble is to be open and ready with rich soil to receive anything from people and anything from God.
We now begin Chapter 2 : Knocking at the Door
In perceiving the absence of God, unless we view ourselves as being outside the Kingdom, we may spend our lives imagining that we are inside and behaving as such but never reaching the depth where God unfolds in all the beauty, truth, and glory.
So as outsiders, we must knock on the Door, the door of the Kingdom of God. But where is the Door? The Kingdom is within us. If we cannot find it, it will be most difficult to meet God, which is at the very depth of ourselves. This means that our chances of meeting Him outside ourselves in our material world are very remote.
When Russian cosmonaut and first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, came back from space in 1961, he said he never saw God in Heaven. A priest in Moscow remarked, “If you have not seen Him on earth, you will never see Him in Heaven.”
To be continued.
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