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What does it mean to pray?

What does it mean to pray?

 

A man asked Saint Paisios the Hagiorite: “Elder, what does it mean for you to pray?’

He responded: “It means that I am sending a message, I ask for help. I ask continuously help from Christ, our Mother the Theotokos, our Saints, for myself and everybody else. If I don’t ask, I am not going to get any…”

 

Translated by Dr. Nick Stergiou

 

 

 

What does it mean to pray?