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Why are Orthodox prayers never ending?

The Orthodox prayers seem never ending. Are we not contradicting what Jesus taught: “But when praying, do not say the same thing over and over again”? (Matthew. 6:7 - 6:15)

 In The Art of Prayer St. Theophan the Recluse – a Bishop in the 19th century Russia – reiterates the teaching of early Church fathers about three kinds of prayer: (1) Lips Prayer, (2) Mind Prayer, and (3) Heart’s Prayer.
  (1) Lips Prayer is simply repeating the words of prayer, and is empty in itself. Prayer of this nature is likely to damage the soul because he who prays this way thinks he is praying and hence deceives himself.
  (2) Mind Prayer is the second stage, and the Church fathers call it ‘Attention Prayer’. When we say the prayer mentally, the mind is wholly involved. Prayer of this kind gives understanding and meaning, and is beneficial but not yet perfect.
  (3) The heart, according to the Church fathers, is the seat of the soul and of all emotions. We are created with a dual nature

– body and soul. The mind is the “lowest” part of the soul and the spirit (heart), the highest part. The perfect prayer must involve our whole being – the body, mind and spirit (heart). The true purpose of prayer is transformation of the soul, which is a gift of God. The Heart’s Prayer aims at becoming Christlike, our soul recast in the image and likeness of God.


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