Hesychasm

What Is Hesychasm? Hesychasm is a mystical tradition of contemplative prayer in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Based on Jesus’s injunction in the Gospel of Matthew that “when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray”,[1] hesychasm in tradition has been the process of retiring inward by ceasing to register the senses, in order to...

Sunnah Prayer

What Is Sunnah Prayer? Sunnah prayer (صلاة السنة‎) is an optional or supererogatory salah that can be performed by Muslims at almost any time of the day. These prayers are performed in addition to the five daily prayers, which are compulsory for all Muslims. There are a range of prayers available:...

ibadah, dua, prayer

Muhammad’s Prayers and Supplications

Muhammad’s Prayers and Supplications The Messenger always prayed to God before any action. The books of Tradition (hadith) record no case in which he did not pray. As mentioned earlier, prayer is a mystery of servanthood to God, and the Messenger is the foremost in servanthood. This is made clear...

Blessing of Animals

Blessing of Animals Blessing of animals can be either of the animal or of the human-animal relationship, and can apply to pets and other companion animals, or to agricultural animals and working and other animals which humans depend on or interact with.   Blessing of animals, or of the slaughtering...

Tarawih

Tarawih Tarawih (تراويح‎) refers to extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic Every Third Part Of Night during Ramadan. Name variations Acehnese: Seumayang Teurawèh Albanian: Namazi i teravive Arabic: صلاة التراويح‎, translit.Ṣalāt al-Tarāwīḥ Azerbaijani: Təravih namazı Bengali: তারাবীহ, translit.Tarabeeh(taraweeh) Indonesian, Malay, Javanese: Salat tarawih, Solat tarawih Kazakh: Тарауих намазы Persian, Dari: نماز تراويح Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian: Teravih-namaz; Teravija Somali: Salaada Taraawiixda Sundanese: Tarawéh Turkish: Terâvih...

Lent

What Is Lent? Lent (Quadragesima, ‘Fortieth’) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of...

Five Pillars of Islam

Five Pillars of Islam The Five Pillars of Islam (arkān al-Islām أركان الإسلام; also arkān al-dīn أركان الدين “pillars of the religion”) are five basic acts in Islam, considered mandatory by believers and are the foundation of Muslim life. They are summarized in the famous hadith of Gabriel.[1][2][3][4] The Sunni and Shia agree on the essential details for the performance and practice of these acts,[5][6][2] but the...

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, a Prayer of Protection, also known as The Deer’s Cry, The Lorica of Saint Patrick or Saint Patrick’s Hymn, is a lorica whose original Old Irish lyrics were traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick during his Irish ministry in the 5th century. In 1889 it was adapted into the hymn I Bind Unto Myself Today. A number of...

Prayers for Our Leaders

Prayers for Our Leaders This is a collection of prayers for political, government, spiritual, and religious leaders and the people who elect them. A Prayer for Our Leaders Dear Lord, You are the source of all life and authority. Help those who are in authority within government to realize that...

Prayers For All Humanity

Prayers For All Humanity Humanity is a term which commonly refers to the human species, mankind as a whole, or sets of qualities which are used to define human nature, the human condition, or to refer to any of the academic disciplines known as the humanities which study human culture. O God, I lift my heart to thee And I pray for...

Prayers For God's Inspiration

Prayers For Wisdom

Prayers For Wisdom Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence. Main Articles: What Is Wisdom?,  The Serenity Prayer God grant me...

Prayers For God’s Inspiration

Prayers For God’s Inspiration When you need inspiration, turn to powerful prayers that bring you closer to your higher power. Go ahead and set some time aside to pray –  Following prayers are some lovely devotions to God. A Prayer For God’s Inspiration Father, May everything we do begin with...

Prayer of Self Reflection

Reflections of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Reflections of St. Ignatius of Loyola Prayer of Self Offering Take, O Lord, all my liberty. Receive my memory, my understanding and my will. You have given me all that I am and all that I possess. I return it all to you and surrender it to the guidance of...

Prayers of Self-reflection

Prayers of Self-reflection Human self-reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence. The earliest historical records demonstrate the great interest which humanity has had in itself. “Know thyself” was inscribed on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi over 3,000 years ago. Human...

Prayers For Endurance

Prayers for Enlightenment

Prayers for Enlightenment Enlightenment is the “full comprehension of a situation”. The term is commonly used to denote the Age of Enlightenment, but is also used in Western cultures in a religious context. It translates several Buddhist terms and concepts, most notably bodhi, kensho and satori. Related terms from Asian religions are moksha (liberation)...

The Apostle Paul’s Prayers

A Complete List of the Apostle Paul’s Prayers in the Bible First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my...

Prayers of Hope

Prayers of Hope Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.” Among...

Prayers For Graduation

Prayers For Graduation Graduation is getting a diploma or academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated with it, in which students become graduates. Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as graduands. The date of graduation is often called graduation day. The graduation ceremony itself is also called commencement, convocation or invocation. Graduation...

Prayers For Students

Prayers For Students Being a student can be an amazing time of new discovery and the forming of new friendships. But it can also be a time of struggling with study tasks, financial worries, loneliness, anxiety and despair. So prayer is essential, for prayer covers, contains, holds, protects, guides!  Praying...

Prayers For Studying

Prayers For Studying It’s natural to pray before difficult situations. Many students find comfort (and stress relief) when praying before an exam or test.  A Prayer for Students to Study Well Lord, bless our students with the kind of study habits that help them do their best. Teach them how...

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