Saturday, January 25, 2014
St. Porphyrios on Prayer
St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (source)
God desires that we resemble the Angels.
The Angels only glorify God.
This is their prayer, only doxology.
Doxology is a delicate matter, fleeing from the things of man...
Doxology is selfless prayer.
The angels don't pray in order to gain something, for they are selfless.
God gave to us this ability, that our prayer might be a continuous doxology, an angelic prayer.
Here is found the great secret.
When we enter into this prayer, we glorify God continuously, leaving everything to Him, as our Church prays: “and offer all our life unto Christ our God.”
These are the “greatest lessons” of our religion!
Therefore, my beloved fellow walkers and travelers through life,
let us make a small effort to resemble the Angels.
Let us glorify God for everything, and let us leave our life in His Hands,
that He might lead us to the best harbor for us, where He knows.
May we all have good strength...
(amateur translation of text from here)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!