IT is of great significance if there is a person who truly prays in a family. Prayer attracts God’s Grace and all the members of the family feel it, even those whose hearts have grown cold. Pray always.
THE ultimate goal of marriage is the same as that of every other sacrament, deification of the human nature and union with Christ.
This becomes possible only when marriage itself is transfigured and deified.
In marriage, the human person is transfigured; he overcomes his loneliness and egocentricism; his personality is completed and perfected.
‘SAVE yourself, and thousands around you will be saved’, says St Seraphim of Sarov.
These words reflect the ultimate goal of monasticism and of Christianity in general.
Needless to say, monasticism is not the only way of ‘saving oneself’, not even the best or the most convenient way.
It is one of the ways, like marriage or priesthood, which may lead one to salvation and deification, if one continues along this path to the end.
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, in his “Catechism“.
O GOD, our heavenly Father, Who loves mankind and is merciful and compassionate, have mercy upon Your servants [names] for whom I humbly pray and who I commend to Your gracious care and protection.
O Lord, be their guide and guardian in all their endeavors. Lead them in the path of Your truth, and draw them nearer to You, that they may lead godly and righteous lives in Your love and fear, doing Your will in all things.
Give them grace that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout, and charitable.
Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptations and corruption of this life.
Direct them in the way of salvation, through the mercy of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the intercessions of His holy Mother and Your blessed saints. Amen.
More family prayers (and an amusing picture) at Orthodox Prayer.