Your response to our invitation to join us in the Christmas 40 days liturgy and to simultaneously pray the Jesus Prayer for 40 days was overwhelming. Now we invite you to participate in the 2021 Easter-Pentecost 40 days liturgy and again to simultaneously pray the Jesus Prayer for 40 days. Let us all pray as a group for all people: prayer for everyone and everything. It is our duty as Orthodox Christians to pray for our fellow persons.Our joint main prayer request and desire is: that the Almighty Lord look with benevolence upon all of us, especially, our brothers and sisters who are being tested all over the world and are suffering under the enigmatic, unruly and insidious COVID-19.
With the Jesus Prayer we can go from continent to continent, from country to country, from city to city, from house to house and pray as much as we want, as much as we can endure, for as many as we desire, especially this year with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. In our prayers let us remember our Greece, our Cyprus and especially our homeland, Australia.
Let us pray that our two homelands embrace Christ again and return to the eternal truths of the Holy Bible and the Ecumenical Councils and with repentance return to Christ’s flock, which is the Orthodox Church.
We thank you in advance for your participation and pray that the name of our Lord be your companion and spiritual comfort during Great Lent and especially during our joint effort to pray the Jesus Prayer throughout the 40 days liturgy.
We leave you with the following spiritual advice from the recent St Ephraim of Katounakia:
All the Holy Fathers cry out that the most important thing in the life of every Christian is prayer. Do you want to put your life in order? Pray. Do you want to be saved? Pray.
All prayers are good and holy, but noetic prayer is the queen of them. “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.” From this little but all-powerful prayer, the Holy Fathers were set in motion and became shining stars of the church.
Say this little prayer unceasingly as much as you can, day and night, and it will teach you that which you desire, that which you do not know.
Get going with this little prayer!