Advice 1: Before any icon to pray for the repose of

The death of relatives, acquaintances, friends can leave on the soul of long-healed wounds. However, the benefit of the departed could bring not only during their lifetime but also after their death. Prayers for the dead can help the soul in the afterlife.
Before any icon to pray for the repose of
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Icon Of Jesus Christ. After death, the soul committed to his Father. Only now, burdened with the sins, gets to him, not always. Prayers to the Lord to beg him to have mercy on the departed sinner. We need to remember - the innocent does not happen. Even if the life of no one bad the dead didn't notice, then certainly no one knew his thoughts and secret deeds. Icon of Jesus Christ is the main decoration for any red corner. She's the first who should pray for the deceased, to read the Psalter, the hymn "in God all are alive."
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The icon of the blessed virgin Mary - the second optional decoration icon shelf. Jesus Christ, as the Son, listens to the requests and pleas of his mother. Actually, not only his, but of all mankind, which he handed to her maternal care. Read the akathist for novopaschenny, pray for pardon in the heavenly Kingdom is possible and necessary before the icon of the Mother of God. Icons of the virgin Mary quite a lot, and something special in this case is not here. However, especially for the dead pray before the "Surety of sinners", "the Quick to hearken".
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The Icon Of The Archangel Michael. In the Orthodox Church - Archangel bodiless, i.e. the head of the Holy host of Angels and Archangels. Archangel Michael has a special mission, being the main fighter against the devil and human wickedness. The memory of the Archangel is celebrated on November 21. It is very important to pray for the dead in the night from 20 to 21 November. Through the fervent prayers at this time Michael lowers his wing to hell, and many holding it saved. Can be read as the akathist to the Archangel and prayer to him.
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The icon of the Holy or the Saint, whose name was worn by the deceased. Not always the secular name which a person wears in everyday life and writing in the passport, is the name given to him at baptism. Ideally, to name the baby need a name specified in the calendar the day he was born. But moms and dads these names are not always to their liking, and they have chosen may not appear in the calendar. To baptize is the same only the name in the Orthodox Church exists. Hence, there is a difference between names and the world names in the Church. So be sure to know what name people were baptized special attention here will be rewarded with Stasika and Slavik. Stas may be as Stanislav, and Anastas, and the Fame and all - Vyacheslav, Svyatoslav, etc., Holy, the name of which was worn by the deceased - a special advocate for him before the Lord.

Advice 2: What prayer to read if everything is bad

In human life there are moments when troubles follow one another. Not seem strong enough to cope with all problems. Not to despair helps recourse to God.
What prayer to read if everything is bad
You will need
  • Full Orthodox prayer book "Psalms", a collection of hymns
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Say a quick "God bless you". God will hear you. Important in prayer attitude, the sincerity of the person, not the number of words.
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Use "Full Orthodox prayer book". It can be purchased in the Church shop or on the Internet. Find the right prayer, reading the contents. There are prayers for those in persecution, lost the property the sick, worry about the future.
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If you are in despair, praying to be recommended in this case: prayer from the writings of Demetrius of Rostov, beginning with the words "God, father of our Lord Jesus Christ...", prayer for deliverance from depression St. John of Kronstadt ("the Lord is the destruction of my sadness...").
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If you're desperate, have ceased to hope to get rid of problems, read the prayer of John Chrysostom ("the great St. John Chrysostom...") and other prayers that can be found in the "desperate" prayer.
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Ask for the intercession of the mother of God. Suitable prayers, read before an icon "the seeking of the lost", "surety of sinners" "assuage my sorrows".
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Ask for the intercession of the saints. One of the most venerated icons in Russia – Nicholas the Wonderworker. There are a number of prayers of this Saint: "O most Holy Nicholas, the Saint of the Lord is good...", "our good shepherd and divine wisdom, the son, Holy Hierarch of Christ, Nicholas..." and others.
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Select from morning and evening prayers, fragments of which are to have the greatest impact. Write the text in a separate notebook and pray these words. This advice was given to the parishioners Anthony of Sourozh.
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Read "Psalm". In affliction, recommend the following Psalms: 101 ("Lord hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You..."), 32 ("Radujtesja, pravedny, o Lord...").
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There are akathists (hymns-prayer performed standing), suitable for reading in difficult moments of life. For example, "Akathist to our most Holy lady our mother of God in honor of Her, called "All the afflicted"".
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A Christian must learn the humility to accept the Lord send tribulation. If it's bad, St. Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) was advised to repeat such prayers and the words: "Glory to God for all, is real in my object; remember me, o Lord, in Thy Kingdom," "God! Thank You for everything You pleased to send for me."
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Remember, collections of prayers to help us know how to speak with the Lord. Repeating for the saints, we learn to find the right words attached to the experience of the ascetics. But if there are no books you can refer to God with the phrases that are born in the heart.

Advice 3: Before any of the icons to pray

With a prayer to a higher power, we should remember that saints are always present in our conversation with God and is also endowed with the grace of healing, comfort, and support person. Every icon with Holy face has its purpose and meaning.
The Icon Of The Mother Of God
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The icon is the first assistant of the person in prayer. Focusing on the Saint's face concentrates the mind, helps to focus the mind in detachment from vanity and pettiness, to be consoled in their afflictions. It is believed that the house of every Christian must necessarily be three main icons: Holy Trinity, the Theotokos, the icon of the Savior. "Holy Trinity" icon confessional. Before her I pray for the forgiveness of sin and pardon, of the decision of those questions which are crucial for praying, for help in absolutely desperate situations. The icon of the Mother of God has several varieties: Iberian protects women, sends a consolation in misfortune, heal sickness of body and soul; the Kazan mother of God blesses all the important events in human life: birth, baptism, marriage, etc., helps with blindness and other eye diseases; Tikhvin acts as an advocate for children, helped women in childbirth. "Holy face" icon for going to the path of truth and repentance.
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The icon of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker at all times, revered by travelers: sailors, fishermen, balloonists prayed to this icon of the successful outcome of a journey, on the protection and patronage abroad. In addition, Nicholas the Wonderworker pray the innocent condemned unjustly offended. Also Nicholas takes under his protection all the disadvantaged, the poor, the elderly, women, children.
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Healing, finding health, both physical and mental, contribute prayers to the following icons: mother of God of the seven arrows – she can heal severe illnesses, helps to get rid of dependence on drugs and alcohol. The icon of the Mother of God the Healer helps to cure any ailments, even the most severe eases the agony of death and suffering in childbirth. To the Mother of God of Kazan, St. Alexis and the Apostle Luke the people are turning with the deterioration of vision in severe eye diseases.
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Of a successful marriage, understanding the marriage of the spiritual and bodily unity is traditionally treated with prayers to the icons of Peter and Fevronia, the image of St. Xenia of Petersburg, the icon of Holy Blessed Matrona of Moscow. The icon "the Unfading blossom" pray for women's life welfare, the preservation of purity and chastity, the happiness in family life and resolution of problems in a marriage.
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Before the miraculous icon of the Mother of God Indestructible Wall in the first place please protect the house from enemies, but she also is known for using during epidemics, natural disasters, enemy attacks, severe physical and mental illnesses.

Advice 4: How to pray at the icons

Prayer is dialogue with God through which one learns that the Lord is involved in everything that happens in life. Prayer is very important not only to speak and someone to listen to me, but to hear His answer. But it so happened that people, even realizing the necessity of turning to God, just do not know how to access It and how to use the word.
How to pray at the icons
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To answer the prayer of everyone. It doesn't matter where you pray in Church or before the icon, standing in the house. The main thing is to start and finish the prayer. First and foremost, going to the icon, try to focus completely on prayer, leaving aside domestic concerns. To them you'll be back later.
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Start reading prayers, spiritual adjust yourself and trust that the Holy can hear you. Herewith, it is necessary to pray not the icon itself, and the image of a Saint depicted on it.
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If you do not know the words of prayer, to read prayer can in your own words. But in critical cases requiring special diligence, the prayer, the prayer should be prepared, learn it by heart. To read the prayer need from a pure heart, then the result of your conversion to God is not long to wait.
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Before you begin to pray at the icon, you should come clean. To do this, before you start to read the prayer or the day before, forgive everyone with whom you have at the moment are not the best way.
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Going to the icon, ocenite cross banner. Fold creepersin right hand, and lay it on the forehead, belly, right and left shoulder. Once you put yourself on the sign of the cross, bend. The sign of the cross made with faith, is able to frighten demons and to comfort the sinful passions, attracting divine grace.
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Say "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit", then start your prayer. After reading the prayer to the Saint before whose icon stand, go to the end of the petition. To do this, say: "glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages". Will ocenite the sign of the cross three times, reciting the "Lord, have mercy", and "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, prayers for the sake of Thy most pure Matera, Reverend and God-bearing fathers and all the saints, have mercy on us. Amen."
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Again ocenite itself a sign, and then say: "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." Now you can turn to the Saint with his request. You can ask about everything and everyone. Most importantly, your appeal to the Holy one must come from the heart. Once you Express all your problems, say "Amen" and ocenite the sign of the cross.
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After the thanksgiving, don't forget to kiss the icon. Thus you Express your reverence to the Saint, to which you have applied. In addition, a kiss symbolizes faith in this Saint. If you prayed before the icon, on which the Saint is depicted full-length, kiss the hands or feet. On the Holy face that says only the face, kiss my hair. And the icon of the Mother of God touch the lip to the shoulder, which depicts a star.
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Praying before the icon, we must remember that it is not always implemented immediately. This should line up the necessary circumstances that all came together harmoniously. And this, as we know, takes time. Therefore it is very important not to lose faith.

Advice 5: What is the meaning of the icon "the unfading blossom"?

The icon of the Mother of God "Fadeless color" refers to one of the most ancient, beautiful and mysterious icons which is rare in temples. However she is dearly loved by religious people who pray to her for the purity of their intentions and gaining spiritual strength to overcome the various tests.
What is the meaning of the icon "the unfading blossom"?

Description and origin of the icon "the Unfading blossom"



The icon "the Unfading blossom" depicts the mother of God, which on one hand keeps his son Jesus, and the other squeezes the flower of the white Lily. The last item is the personification of purity, youth and eternal beauty on this canvas.
Interestingly, many of the icon "Fadeless color" different from each other. However, all of them the virgin holds a flower, whether it be a Lily or a rose.


Today it is not known the exact date and place of creation of this icon, however, experts believe that in Russia it appeared in the 17th century and brought the pilgrims from Greece. According to legend, the origin of the icon "the Unfading blossom" is associated with mount Athos, where he grew bessmertnyi. These flowers were present on the first icons and the virgin Mary was depicted with a scepter and a throne. Over time, the tricky part was removed from the plate and in the hands of the blessed virgin began to portray the Lily.

The value of the icon "the Unfading blossom"



The value of this icons for Orthodox believers is great. First and foremost, it symbolizes purity and cleanliness, that is why it often turn young women wanting to preserve their honor for the future husband. Before the icon "the Unfading blossom" also pray to find a decent and loving husband. So happened that this icon is supposed to be female, but to pray in front of it, of course, all believers. This miraculous relic is also often bless the young bride in her wedding day and give it to her.

Married women turn to the virgin Mary depicted in the icon, asking for help in overcoming adversity, falling in heavy female share. The virgin helps to keep the family together and make happy marriage. This icon is also customary to pray for the preservation of a righteous life, overcoming any difficult life situations.

There is also a belief that this icon helps women to preserve their youth and beauty for a long time. Not by chance it bears the flower, is a symbol of eternal beauty.
The celebration in honor of the icon "the Unfading blossom" among the Orthodox committed on April 16.


Many authors in their works mentioned about miracles performed in this way. So, in "the Legend of miracles of the virgin have taken place on mount Athos," the monk Meletios describes the healing of the patient, which occurred from touching the lilies on the icon in 1864. Thus, it became known that the icon "Fadeless color" helps the sick back to health.

Advice 6: How the saints pray for the health

The disease is one of the most terrible ills that can come in each house. And sometimes traditional methods of treatment are powerless to help or that help is simply not enough. Believers for centuries in the case of the disease was not only physical help, but also spiritual support.
How the saints pray for the health
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Sincere prayer is not only strengthens the internal forces of the patient, allows him to feel the support of loved ones, sometimes it is faith that allows man to survive and even recover when all forecasts are not promising.
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Very often, when faced with trouble or sickness, we wonder - whom to pray for help. It is important to understand that in the Orthodox Church all prayer is addressed to God. Recourse to saints and Mother of God, we ask their prayers for us before the Lord. In other words, the help we are waiting for from God, the saints to support our prayers, strengthen and reinforce them. However, traditionally when certain diseases are more likely to seek the intercession of particular saints. The reason lies in the history of their earthly life, but also in the history of healing associated with their intercession and help.
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About health and healing and their loved ones made contact with prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ, and before the icons of the Holy virgin "joy of All who sorrow" and "the Healer". One of the most revered saints-healers is Saint Panteleimon. He was a doctor in his secular life, by being baptized and believing in Christ he has dedicated his life to selfless healing of those who suffer. After his death, the faithful continue to turn to him for help.
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In diseases of the eye and blurred vision it is customary to pray in front of the "Kazan" icon of the blessed virgin. The history of the discovery of this icon began with the healing of two blind men. Also with the request to restore the eyesight often turn to the Holy longino Centurion. Longinus was one of the officers serving at Calvary at the foot of the crucifixion of the cross. He believed in Christ, recognized his divine nature. According to legend, Longinus was the officer who pierced the rib of the Saviour with a spear and a trickle of blood found healing patients eyes.
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Very often for help to the Holy patrons of the appeal of a married couple who cannot have children. Prayer for the gift of children turn to the Holy Joachim and Anna, the righteous parents of the virgin Mary. They for years could not have children and only after long and fervent prayers have received the glad tidings of the forthcoming birth of the child. With the same trouble endless stream of believers is directed to the relics of Matrona of Moscow, where finds consolation, support and very often long-awaited glad tidings of the forthcoming birth of the baby.
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And yet when you call for help and intercession to the saints is the most important thing is not what this icon you ask for help, the main thing - to appeal with sincere faith and hope for healing.

Advice 7: How to start to pray

To prayer sometimes resort even people not too believe in God. This usually happens in a situation when man has no hope. But even sincere religious people sometimes do not know how to pray, what words should apply to God.
How to start to pray
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Prayer is conversation with God. The conversation is very personal, so it is better to pray alone, when no one sees you. This does not exclude prayer, and in other places, you can pray (silently, in my mind) even in public transport or walking down a crowded street. However, for the deepest need of prayer, silence and solitude.
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Well, if you have the icon, but it is not required. The conversation between man and God is through the heart, so there's nothing that could interfere with this communication – and that could significantly help. Praying before the icon, remember, do not pray to her, and the one whose image it captures.
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To start the prayer it is best to choose the late evening. You are alone in the room, the light muted. Can turn it off and light a candle. Remember the main point: in conversation with God is not words, but feelings. God understands you without words, so don't give them too much importance. Just tell Him what bothers you.
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Should you read the well-known prayer or is it better to use your words? There is no single answer, you can use both. Is that your prayer was not a mechanical – try to feel every word, understand it, comprehend it.
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In conversation with God, be sincere. Unacceptable no false, because God already knows everything about you. Do not try artificially to bring in some prayer exalted feelings, it is wrong. If you feel that your prayer is dry and empty, ask God to help you to learn to pray, this is the best option.
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Do not pursue long-winded. The most simple words, uttered with feeling, will bring you closer to God more than the lengthy but mechanical prayer. Most try to stand before God in complete internal silence is the most precious moments – many people can not feel His presence because of their own verbosity. Not by accident in the way of prayer the ascension of man to God the Supreme is the silent prayer when the man silently will Him with all your being.
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How to pray aloud or silently? Appropriate both. Feel the need to turn to God out loud, and act. Want to pray silently, let it be so. It should be noted that the monks practicing the Jesus prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner (sinner)", first, repeat it aloud to myself later. But even at the higher stages of prayer feat they do not consider it shameful to pray out loud. So just listen to yourself and pray as you like.
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Where better to pray in the Church or outside its walls? And here, too, there is no definite answer. The Church helps people the most with its atmosphere, namolennye place. At the same time, many people in the Church are timid, feel yourself unable to openly Express feelings in the presence of other believers. In this case, will be the most sincere prayer performed alone.
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How to understand that prayer is answered? Talking with God, the person usually tries to tell Him about their troubles and sorrows. The soul at the same time is very hard. However, at some point in praying suddenly experiencing the amazing feeling it becomes much easier, from the soul drops like a stone. A person can feel peace, joy, understanding arises, what he heard.
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To reach the prayer in some high States can not at once. Moreover, the desire for unusual experiences is a big mistake. On the way of prayer, there are many traps, they get those who are not able to get rid of the pride, in whom is no humility. To understand possible errors should read the books of the Holy fathers. For example, the "Ascetic experience" Ignatius Brianchaninov, "My life in Christ" John of Kronstadt, "the words of the ascetic" Isaac the Syrian.
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