Pray Slower and More Consciously

This is for myself as much as for anyone else: Especially because Orthodox prayers are so wordy and repetitive – er, poetic and insistent! – I find it’s easy to lapse into a routinized recitation, with the mind elsewhere. I guess there’s nothing particularly Orthodox about this…. Still, let’s not let our repetition be “vain repetition.” Just because they’re Orthodox doesn’t mean they’re rabbits’-feet. OTOH, don’t get “anal” about it either, and Scrupulous, or Obsessive-Compulsive. Attention at prayer may be the struggle of a lifetime… “remembrance of God.” They say before it’s a gift, we must collaborate (synergeia) with it in advance.

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