Question: Father, could you please tell me: if I pray in my head without uttering a word, can the Lord and the saints hear my prayer? Or should I pray aloud instead?
Answer: Of course, they can hear you. It isn’t always easy to pray in your head sometimes. When we say prayers out loud, we hear them and can pay more attention to the words that we read. It is easier for us to understand them and keep them in our hearts. The most challenging aspect of prayer is to be attentive and not get distracted. That’s when prayer can nurture your soul, transform and change you. You have to train yourself and to work hard to be attentive. You are where your mind is. That’s why it is great if you pray both privately and aloud. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above (James 1: 17).
The “shameless” death means that we have to entrust our immortal souls to God. We must have faith and peace inside. We should know where and to whom we is about to go.
According to the rubrics, the services during the Great Lent are special. However, if your heart wants to read an akathist at home, if you find it useful, you can read it but be watchful.
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