Prayer Ministry

“Find the door of your heart. You will discover it is the door of the kingdom of God.”
                                                     St. John Chrysostom

Patron Saint  - St. Xenia

 

 

This ministry is guided by the dean of the cathedral and by the ministry’s patron, St. Xenia, who is the patron saint of St. Petersburg, Russia. Tradition has it that, upon her husband's death, St. Xenia gave all of her possessions away to the poor  She is a highly-regarded Fool-for-Christ. She fell asleep in the Lord in 1803 and her feast day is the 24th of January. St. Xenia intercedes for those searching for a job, a spouse or a home. She helps those praying to save a marriage, or for the healing of mental illness.

 

 

Praying for Others 

The ministry gathers together weekly by phone and monthly in the church. Join us as we pray for others with prayers of the saints and akathists.
 

Subscribe

Become a subscriber to weekly updates of our gatherings. Send your request to:  prayer@greekorthodoxhawaii.org

 

Prayer Requests

Our ministry will pray for all people who request prayer. Please submit a name (first name only) of the person to pray for. Send to: prayer@greekorthodoxhawaii.org

 


Virtual Psalter Group

Join us and become a part of an international group who together pray the Psalter (or the Book of Psalms) daily during Great Lent (spring) and the Nativity Fast (15 Nov – 24 Dec). For more information, please write to:  prayer@greekorthoxhawaii.org.
 
 
 

 

More about the Psalter Group

  • The praying of the Psalter is an ancient Christian tradition.
  • The Psalms are a key part of Scripture that are referred to in our Nicene Creed when we say, “….and he rose on the 3rd day according to the Scripture”.

How It Works:

The Book of Psalms is divided into twenty sections, or kathismata.  Each kathisma contains 6-8 psalms. Every person takes about 15-20 minutes a day to pray his/her assigned kathisma for the day. The prayer is done at a time of the reader’s own choosing and in whatever language he decides.  The group prayed in English, Greek and Korean. 

What Saints Said about the Psalter

“No other book so glorifies God as does the Psalter.  It profits the soul; it glorifies God together with the angels.  A psalm is the author of peace.” St. Basil the Great

“It would be better for the sun to fall from its orbit than to neglect reading the Psalter, for it is of great benefit to study the psalms, and to read the Psalter diligently.” St. John Chrysostom

 



Pray with the Nuns of the St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Monastery Every day at 3:00 pm Hawaii (9:00 am Eastern) time, the ministry joins the nuns in prayer (the Jesus Prayer) for 15 minutes.  The sisters in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin extended a warm invitation to all to join them virtually.   


Praying for Departed Souls – Coming Soon!

Orthodox Christians pray for the departed souls as part of their regular prayer life. This is in addition to anniversary remembrances and the Saturday of Souls.  The ministry plans to pray for the departed at respective gravesites in Oahu, Hawaii.

More specific details to be posted in 3Q 2020.


Prayer Corner


Join us as we look at highlights of a book on prayer.

The Wisdom of Metropolitan Anthony Bloom in Beginning To Pray


Last month’s recap: To “meet” God is a moment of judgment for us. We need to take the time He provides for us to judge ourselves and allow ourselves to see through “different” eyes. This lays the groundwork for Him to be manifest.

Chapter 1 continued: "The Absence of God"

In a passage of St. Paul's writings, he says ‘My power is manifest in weakness’.  Weakness is not the kind of weakness which we show by sinning and forgetting God, but the kind of weakness which means being completely supple, completely transparent, completely abandoned in the hands of God.  We usually try to be strong and we prevent God from manifesting His power.

Learn humility in the real, deep sense of this word.  ‘Humility’ comes from the Latin word ‘humus’ i.e. fertile ground.  Humility is not what we often make of it:  imagining that we are the worst of all.  Humility is the condition of the earth. The earth is always there, always taken for granted, never remembered, etc. It’s there, silent and accepting everything.  But in a miraculous way, it makes new richness by being open to rain and sunshine, and then is ready to receive any seed that can be sowed to reap thirtyfold or even a hundredfold.  Learn to be like this before God:  abandoned, surrendered, ready to receive anything from people and anything from God.

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