Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Evagrius: Admonition on Prayer - 3

Preparing to Pray


Evagrius writes,

"When you stand up for prayer, do not begin in a slovenly way, lest you perform all your prayer in a slack or slovenly and wearied way.


When you stand up,

sign yourself with the sign of the cross,

gather together your thoughts,

be in a state of recollection and readiness,

gaze upon Him to whom you are praying,

and then commence.


Force yourself so that right at the beginning of your prayer tears may flow and you feel suffering in yourself, so that your whole prayer may prove beneficial."


More to come...


See Saint Theophan's advice on preparing to pray in an earlier post


More on prayer



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