THE TALE OF THE FIVE PRAYERS

I am sure that for you, as for me, in offering to your attention “The Tale of The Five Prayers” the work of the great Metropolitan Dimitri of Rostov and Yaroslav, it will be both welcome and useful, especially in view of the wonderful promises which it contains. So hear this tale, my beloved reader. Forgive me that I have disturbed the dust of ages, but this dust is holy …

One of the holy saints, standing in prayer and being in ecstasy, heard the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ speaking to the Immaculate and Holy Mother of God, His Mother, saying to her: “Tell me, My Mother, which were the greatest of your sufferings, when you lived in the world and suffered for My sake?”

The Immaculate One replied: “My Son and God, five times I have endured my greatest suffering for you: First, when I heard from the Prophet Simeon that you were to be killed; Second, when I looked for you in Jerusalem and did not see you for three days; Third, when I heard that you were seized and bound; Fourth, when I saw you on the Cross crucified between the robbers; Fifth, when I saw you placed in the Tomb.”

And the Lord said to her: “I tell you. My Mother, whoever reads every day each of your sufferings with My Prayer (i.e. ‘The Lord’s Prayer’): for the first suffering I will give the knowledge of one’s sins and sorrow for them; for the second, I will give the forgiveness of all of one’s sins; for the third, I will restore the virtues lost through sin; for the fourth, I will refresh the person at death with my Divine Body and Blood; and, for the fifth, I will appear Myself at death and receive the person’s soul into eternal life. Amen.”

Beloved reader! Let us recall and commit to memory what once was offered to the Lord by the grace of the Holy Spirit out of the inspired heart of Saint Dimitri, Metropolitan of Rostov and Yaroslav.

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The Five Prayers

Glory to You, Christ my God, that You have not destroyed me a sinner with my sins, but has even until now endured my sin. (Bow)

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep me this day without sin. Grant, O Lord, that I may not anger You, my Creator, in thought, word or deed, but that all my actions, counsels and thoughts may be to the glory of Your Holy Name. (Bow)

God be merciful to me, a sinner, throughout my whole life. In my passing and after death, forsake me not. (Bow)

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, accept me, dead in mind and soul, accept me, a sinful prodigal, impure in soul and body. Take from me all shameless enmity and resistance, and turn not Your Face from me, O Lord, nor say: I know not who you are. But hear the voice of my prayer: save me, for You have a wealth of compassion and desires not the death of a sinner. I will never leave You nor depart from You, my Creator, until You hear me and give me forgiveness of all my sins, through the prayers of Your Most Pure Mother, the intercession of the honorable Bodiless Powers of Heaven, of my holy and glorious Guardian Angel, of Your Forerunner and Prophet, the Baptizer John, of the holy Apostles, of the holy and victorious martyrs, of our pious and God-fearing mothers and fathers, and all Your Saints, have mercy and save me, a sinner.

Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O gracious One.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. (3 times)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls!

First Prayer

O merciful Mother, Virgin Mary, I your sinful and unprofitable servant, remembering your suffering on hearing from the Prophet Simeon of the merciless murder of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, offer to you this prayer and the Angelic Salutation. Accept it in honor and memory of your suffering, and pray Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to grant me the knowledge of my sins and sorrow for them. (Bow)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls!

Second Prayer

O Divinely-blessed and Immaculate Maiden, Mother and Virgin, accept from me, your sinful and unprofitable servant, this prayer and the Angelic Salutation, in honor and memory of your suffering when you lost your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple, and for three days did not see Him. Pray and beg of Him the forgiveness and remission of all my sins, O only Blessed One. (Bow)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls!

Third Prayer

O Mother of Light, most blessed Virgin Mother of God, accept from me, your sinful and unprofitable servant, this prayer and the Angelic Salutation, in honor and memory of your suffering on hearing that your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, had been seized and bound. Pray Him to restore to me the virtues lost through sin, that I may magnify you, O Most Pure One, for ever. (Bow)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls!

Fourth Prayer

O Fountain of Mercy, Virgin Mother of God, accept from me, your sinful and unprofitable servant, this prayer and the Angelic Salutation, in honor and memory of your suffering when you saw your GOD, our Lord Jesus Christ, on the Cross between the robbers. Pray Him, O Lady, to grant me the gift of His mercy in the hour of my death, and to refresh me with His Divine Body and Blood, that I may glorify you, my Defender, for ever. (Bow)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls!

Fifth Prayer

O my Hope, Most Pure Virgin, Mother of God, accept from me, your sinful and unprofitable servant, this prayer and the Angelic Salutation, in honor and memory of your suffering when you saw your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, placed in the Tomb. Pray Him, O Lady, to appear to me in the hour of my death, and to receive my soul into eternal life. Amen. (Bow)

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