Hear me A Prayerbook for Orthodox Teens compiled and edited by Annalisa Boyd
ANCIENT FAITH PUBLISHING CHESTERTON, INDIANA
Hear Me: A Prayerbook for Orthodox Teens Original material copyright © 2007 by Annalisa Boyd All Rights Reserved Prayers are adapted from original ancient sources by the author. Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, and are used by permission.
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Hear Me— An introduction to the prayer book . . . . . . . 7 On the Front Lines— daily prayers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Morning Prayers » 10
The Trisagion Prayers » 10 A Prayer for the Beginning of the Day » 10 The Breastplate Prayer » 11 Psalm 5:1–3 » 12 A Prayer to the Holy Trinity » 12 The Creed » 12
Midday Prayers » 13
The Trisagion Prayers » 13 Troparion for the Sixth Hour » 14
Evening Prayers » 14
The Trisagion Prayers » 14 Troparia of Thanksgiving » 15 A Prayer for Forgiveness » 16 The Creed » 16 In All Seasons and in Every Hour » 17 A Prayer before Sleep » 17 Saint Augustine’s Evening Prayer » 17
On Watch— prayers for any time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Lord, Have Mercy » 19 The Jesus Prayer » 19 Prayer to Your Guardian Angel » 19 Prayer to Your Patron Saint » 20 Prayer to the All-Holy Trinity » 20 Hymn to the Theotokos » 20 Prayer of Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow » 20 Psalm 141:2 » 20
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The Good, the Bad, and the Family— prayers for relationships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Prayer for a Sick Friend » 21 Prayer of a Child or Youth » 22 Prayer of a Single Person » 22 Prayer for Friendships » 22 Prayer for Enemies » 23 Prayer for Family Relationships » 24 Prayer for One Who Is Dying » 25 Prayer for the Dead » 25 Psalm 23—A Psalm of David » 25 Prayer for the Departed » 26 In the Hope of Resurrection » 26
Warning: Life Under Pressure— prayers for circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Prayer before Beginning Any Task » 27 Prayer before Going to School » 27 Prayer before a Journey » 28 Prayer in Times of Need » 28 Prayer when Facing the Unknown » 28 Prayer in Times of Trouble » 28 Thanksgiving after Deliverance from Trouble » 29
Declaration of Dependence— the sacrament of confession. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 The Ten Commandments » 32 First Commandment » 32 Second Commandment » 32 Third Commandment » 33 Fourth Commandment » 34 Fifth Commandment » 35 Sixth Commandment » 36 Seventh Commandment » 37 Mine Field » 38 Eighth Commandment » 38
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Ninth Commandment » 39 Tenth Commandment » 40
Demolition » 41 After Confession » 42
Prayer after Confession » 42
Armed and Ready » 42 The Beatitudes » 43
The Witness Stand — prayers with the Bible and the saints . . . 45 Addiction » 45 Anger » 46 Anxiety/Depression » 48 Backsliding (Stepping away from God) » 49 Bitterness » 50 Carnality (Sinful Desires of the Flesh) » 51 Chastity/Purity/Modesty » 52 Confusion/Doubt » 55 Failure/Insecurity » 56 Gossip/Taming the Tongue » 58 Loneliness » 60 Lust/Pride/Temptations » 60 Suffering/Trials » 63 Worldliness » 65 Scriptures for Meditation » 66
When the Saints Go Marching In— some saints who pray for you . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Prayer to Your Patron Saint » 67 For Sickness » 67 For Patient Endurance during Trials » 68 For Difficult Situations » 68 For Help in Distress, Poverty » 68 For Young People » 68 For Finding Lost Things » 68 For Help in Studies » 68 5 Sample pages only. Purchase the full book at http://store.ancientfaith.com/hear-me
Stand in the Gap » 68
Intercessory Prayer » 69
Basic Training The Christian Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Contending for the Orthodox Faith: The Map and the Compass » 71 + + + +
Don’t we just need the Bible? » 71 What’s the big deal about Mary? » 72 Do you pray to the saints? Why? » 72 Why can’t any Christian take communion? » 73
Getting Through the Obstacle Course: What Do I Do If: » 74 + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
I feel betrayed by a friend » 74 I don’t think I can trust my priest » 75 My parents aren’t Christians » 75 I’ve committed a big sin » 76 I keep committing the same sin » 77 I think I’m in love » 77 I really want to be in an intimate relationship » 78 I’m starving myself to lose weight » 79 My friend is depressed » 79 I’m so depressed I’m hurting myself » 79 I’m being pressured to drink or do drugs » 80 I can’t control my anger » 81 I’m anxious all the time » 81 I’m having a hard time believing in God » 83 I can’t forgive » 83 Someone is hurting me » 84 I don’t think my parents’ rules are fair » 85 I see someone doing something dangerous » 85
In Closing— At Ease. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
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HEAR ME an introduction to the prayer book
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. â€”Psalm 34:4
elcome to your personal prayer book. May you find joy and peace within its pages. As youth, you have entered an exciting time of life. You are able to exercise more freedom in your daily activities and in your faith. You may not be aware of it, but right at this moment you are developing patterns for living that will follow you through the teen years and into adulthood. Patterns for developing friendships. Work and study patterns. Even patterns for your spiritual life. Prayer is a valuable pattern to establish, and you will be challenged as you pursue your personal prayers and quiet times with Christ and His saints. The world offers so many distractions, but a well-established prayer time is like a tree with strong roots. When the winds, or trials and temptations of life, come, you will stand firm. In this book you will find prayers and encouragement for many areas of your life. Written prayers are valuable tools which, in time, become prayers of the heart, not just the mouth. Adding your own personal thoughts, praise, and confession makes praying even more meaningful. May these prayers open your heart to your Savior and bless you as you grow in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. May you know that you have a God who hears you! 7 Sample pages only. Purchase the full book at http://store.ancientfaith.com/hear-me
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On the Front Lines daily prayers
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. â€”Psalm 24:8
hen preparing for a battle, it is important to go to your commander, seeking his direction and listening to his plan of attack. It is no different in our Christian walk. Trials and temptations assail us daily, and if we are not armed and prepared through close communication with our Commander, we will fall in battle. We arm ourselves through extensive training in prayer and union with the Lord through the sacraments. Through prayer we are able to recognize the enemy and false teachings, which can be deadly landmines resulting in unnecessary casualties. God doesnâ€™t wait for you to fall, either; He is right there with you in the heat of battle. Do not rush one prayer after another, but say them with orderly deliberation, as one addressing a great person for a favor. Do not just pay attention to the words, but rather let the mind be in the heart, standing before the Lord in full awareness of His presence, in full consciousness of His greatness and grace and justice. â€”Saint Theophan the Recluse
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+ Morning Prayers The Trisagion Prayers
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee. O Heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of Life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy God, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Nameâ€™s sake. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
A Prayer for the Beginning of the Day by Saint Philaret of Moscow O Lord, grant me to greet this new day in peace. Help me in all things to humbly rely upon Your holy will. In every hour 10 Copyright ÂŠ 2007 by Annalisa Boyd. All Rights Reserved. Published by Ancient Faith Publishing (formerly known as Conciliar Press).
of the day, reveal Your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and the firm conviction that Your will governs all. In all I do and say, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, and pray Yourself within me. Amen.
A Portion of the Breastplate Prayer by Saint Patrick I arise today, through God’s strength to pilot me: God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to secure me: Against snares of devils, against temptations of vices, Against inclinations of nature, against everyone who Shall wish me ill, afar and near, alone and in a crowd. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us. 11 Sample pages only. Purchase the full book at http://store.ancientfaith.com/hear-me
Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
A Prayer to the Holy Trinity
Arising from sleep I thank You, O holy Trinity, because of the riches of your goodness and longsuffering. In Your compassion You raised me up, as I lay in hopelessness, that in the morning I might sing the glories of Your Majesty. Guide the eyes of my understanding; open my mouth to receive Your words; teach me Your commandments; help me to do Your will, confessing You from my heart, singing and praising Your All-holy Name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Onlybegotten, begotten of the Father before all worlds; Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; 12 Copyright ÂŠ 2007 by Annalisa Boyd. All Rights Reserved. Published by Ancient Faith Publishing (formerly known as Conciliar Press).
every day of my life, and protect me from all influence and temptation of the evil one. May I never again anger God by my sins. Pray for me to the Lord, that He may make me worthy of the grace of the All-holy Trinity, and of the blessed Mother of God, and of all the saints. Amen.
Prayer to Your Patron Saint
Pray to God for me, O Holy Saint _________, for You are wellpleasing to God: for I turn to you, who are the speedy helper and intercessor for my soul.
Prayer to the All-Holy Trinity
The Father is my hope; the Son is my refuge; the Holy Spirit is my protector. O All-holy Trinity, glory to Thee.
Hymn to the Theotokos
It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, who art ever blessed and all-blameless and the mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim, thou who without corruption barest God the Word, and art truly Theotokos: we magnify thee.
Prayer of Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow
My Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of You. You and You alone know my needs. You love me more than I am able to love You. O Father, grant to me, Your servant, all that I cannot ask. For a cross I dare not ask, nor for consolation; I dare only to stand in Your presence. My heart is open to You. You see my needs, of which I myself am unaware. Behold and lift me up! In Your presence I stand, awed and silenced by Your will and Your judgments, into which my mind cannot penetrate. To You I offer myself as a sacrifice. No other desire is mine but to fulfill Your will. Teach me how to pray.
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The Good, the Bad and the Family prayers for relationships
Whoever sheds a fervent tear for the hardships of his fellow man, heals his own wounds. —Saint Basil the Great
n the Bible there is a story of a man who was paralyzed but wanted desperately to see Jesus. Since he was unable to move himself, friends carried him to Jesus and lowered him through the rooftop so he could receive healing. When we pray for friends and family we are, in a way, carrying them to Jesus so they can receive healing, and, just like the friends of the paralytic, we receive a blessing because we participated in blessing them. God wants us to bring not only our friends to Him, but our enemies as well. Matthew 5:44 tells us, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Our enemies are truly paralyzed and need to be carried by those who are strong, or they may never make it to Jesus for healing. • The story of the paralytic can be found in Mark 2:1–12.
Prayer for a Sick Friend
(You may pray this for yourself too when you are sick.) O holy Father, heavenly Physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your Only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to heal all our sicknesses and deliver us from death: Visit and heal Your servant _________________, granting release from pain and restoration to health and energy, that he/she may give 21 Sample pages only. Purchase the full book at http://store.ancientfaith.com/hear-me
thanks to You and bless Your holy Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer of a Child or Youth
Our Father who are in heaven, bless my father and mother, my guardians, and those who are in authority over me, for their love and tender care for me, and the blessings I receive at their hands. Help me, I pray, to be respectful and obedient to them in all things according to Your will; and give me Your grace to perform all my duties carefully and faithfully, to stay away from undesirable company and influences, and resist all temptation that may come my way; that I may live a well-governed, righteous, and godly life, ever praising You and glorifying Your Holy Name. Amen.
Prayer of a Single Person
O Blessed Lord, who have set up for us an example of ideal purity, strengthen me, I pray, when temptation attacks me, and when strong passions seek to overwhelm me, that I may remain constant in virtue and innocent in thought, word, and deed, doing such things as are well pleasing to You; grant me growth in wisdom and understanding, that I may serve You in holiness all the days of my life: through the intercessions of Your allimmaculate Mother and of all Your saints, especially my patron Saint _________. Amen.
Prayer for Friendships
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior and friend, I ask you to guide and guard my relationships with others. Allow Your hand to direct me in compassion, loyalty, and courtesy towards my friends. Guard my mouth and help me to be a good listener and offer words that encourage. Give me the strength of character to avoid participating in cruel or crude joking and hurtful attitudes. Keep me also from falling into sin by contributing to the sins of others by way of counsel, command, consent, challenge, or dare, praising their sin, hiding their sin, participating with them, silence, or defending their sin. Remind me to seek godly 22 Copyright ÂŠ 2007 by Annalisa Boyd. All Rights Reserved. Published by Ancient Faith Publishing (formerly known as Conciliar Press).
counsel when faced with difficult circumstances. Help me to be open when offering my friendship to others. Grant me Your mercy so that I can deal mercifully and wisely in all the situations that come my way. Amen. Make a list of friends and other relationships you want to pray for/about: _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________
Prayer for Enemies
Lord Jesus Christ, You who are just and offer freely Your forgiveness when I sin against You, help me now to offer that same forgiveness, even kindness, to those who do wrong to me. May my eager forgiveness to my enemies be a light to them so they too may come to know You. Let my actions speak of Your mercy and grace. May my words build up and not tear down. Guard my heart and mind against the temptation to seek revenge for wrongdoing. Remind me that each opportunity to practice the fruits of the spirit builds my faith and keeps my attention focused on You. Help me to love and show compassion toward my enemies, and let me see them as You see them. In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. Make a list of those you are praying for: _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ 23 Sample pages only. Purchase the full book at http://store.ancientfaith.com/hear-me
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Declaration of Dependence the sacrament of confession My child, do you want to crush the head of the serpent? Openly reveal your thoughts in confession. The strength of the devil lies in cunning thoughts. Do you hold onto them? He remains hidden. Do you bring them to the light? He disappears. And then Christ rejoices, the prayer progresses, and the light of grace heals and brings peace to your nous and heart. —Elder Joseph the Hesychast
onfession is a wonderful gift that frees us to serve God wholeheartedly and keeps us from deceiving ourselves. The Bible tells us in James 5:16, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Confession is a way of obtaining healing and helps to equip us for the righteous life God calls us to while bringing us back in union with Himself. Now, we don’t just go to confession and list off our top ten offenses. It’s a time to prepare and clean out all the sinful areas in our lives that we are aware of and find those things we may not be aware of. Before going over the confession questions, spend some time in personal genuine prayer asking the Lord to give you the courage to confess, accept the healing He offers, and change your way of life to line up with His plan for you. • The Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus 20:1–17 in your Bible. 31 Sample pages only. Purchase the full book at http://store.ancientfaith.com/hear-me
+ One ~ Uno ~ Un ~ ενα you shall have no other gods before Me
any of us have gods in our lives that we don’t even know about: money, popularity, fashion, possessions. Whatever we put above our devotion to the Lord is a god. When checking out this area of your life, ask the following:
Have I: + believed in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? + trusted in God and His mercy? + complained against God when I am in trouble or having a hard time? + doubted the Christian faith and teachings of the Church? + believed in untrue, magical, or superstitious things? + gone often to religious meetings or festivals of those who do not follow the way of the Church? + not done what God wants me to do because I was afraid of being made fun of or picked on?
+ Two ~ Dos ~ Deux ~ δυο you shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth
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have made yourself an idol when you put your desires or activities first in your life. The world teaches the “it’s all about me” philosophy, but God tells us that it’s all about Him. He who refuses to give in to passions does the same as he who refuses to bow down and worship idols. —Saint Theophan the Recluse
Have I: + made an idol out of any person, form of entertainment, or thing in my life? + glorified any person, place, or thing above the Lord? + kept my mind on Jesus’ holy life and tried to imitate Him in my actions and relationships? + taken attention away from Jesus during church by talking to friends or only pretending to worship? + taken Holy Communion regularly, having my heart right with God and man?
+ Three ~ Tres ~ Trois ~ τρια you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
his commandment is all about our words. Sometimes we unintentionally use the name of the Lord in an unholy way. We hear it all around us—with friends, in movies, on TV— but we still have to make a conscious choice not to sin in this way. We also “curse” the Lord when we speak badly of anyone, because all people are made in His image. We are badmouthing His creation when we participate in this kind of talk. The Bible tells us the tongue is a very hard thing to tame, but as Christians we are called to step up to that challenge (James 1:26). 33 Sample pages only. Purchase the full book at http://store.ancientfaith.com/hear-me
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