St. Mary's Orthodox Church Of Philadelphia, Inc.

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 We hoist the flag and prepare for our Silver Jubilee this weekend! All are welcome to attend August 27th and 28th. 

We also welcomed Rev. Fr. K. Mathai Corepiscopa as our celebrant for the service Presentation2 

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WHAT IS PRAYER?

WHY PRAY? HOW PRAY?

Paulos Mar Gregorios

1. What is Prayer?

Prayer is like breathing. Without breathing we cannot live. When we breathe, air enters our lungs, cleanses the blood in our veins by relieving it of the carbon dioxide, and supplying it with oxygen. If I do not breathe for a few minutes I die. When I have hard physical work to do, I need more air than when I am sleeping or sitting in a chair.

Fortunately God has so ordained that we do not die spiritually just because we have failed to pray for sometime. But where there is no prayer sin accumulates and the proper functioning of the spiritual life becomes obstructed. And if you have important spiritual work to do you need more prayer than otherwise. Only those who pray constantly are exercising their spiritual muscles.

Prayer is communion or communication with God -opening ourselves to Him and receiving His love. It is by living consciously in this relationship of love that we can be transformed into the image of God. By prayer we become more like God, more loving, more wise, more powerful, more kind and good.

In prayer we are cleansed of the accumulated impurities of our life and we are supplied with power to live a good, kind and holy life.

Prayer is not a matter of asking God for all kinds of things. Some teen-agers speak to their earthly father only when they need money. We should not become like them in relation to our heavenly Father - going to Him only when we need something. The relationship is valuable in itself, as in all true love. It is not what we get out of it that matters, but the fact that we are in communion with our loving Heavenly Father.

2. Why Pray?

Does not God know what we need, even before we ask him? Why does He want us to ask? Does prayer change God’s will in any way? Can my prayer change the future that God has already determined?

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Worship Schedule

Worship Schedule

Holy Qurbana
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday School
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Marthamariam Samajam
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
MGOCSM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Area Prayer Meeting
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM