The following are some good basic "training prayers" for children, but can't replace a good Orthodox prayer book. (Get an age-appropriate prayer book for your children as soon as they can hold one! They may also receive a prayer book from their godparents as a present, or from the Church when they have made their first Holy Confession.)
And remember, that the Troparia and Kontakia for the feasts (usually listed in the back of your Liturgy book) may also be used in personal prayers!
This is the prayer Christ taught to the Disciples when they asked Him how to pray:
Our Father, Who is in heaven,
hallowed be Your Name.
Your Kingdom come, Your 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 the evil one.
Bless, O Lord, the food and drink
of Your servants, for You are holy,
now and forever. Amen.
This prayer is the fulfillment of St. Paul's admonition, "Pray without ceasing." The Jesus Prayer is not, however, a mantra. Its importance derives from its doctrinal and ethical content and from the fact that we are addressing Christ. Through constant invocation of the name of Jesus, the heart is purified and receives divine grace. (The Faith, pp. 221)
O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.
This prayer is sung at each Vesper service. It is found in Luke 2:38.
Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace,
according to Your Word;
for my eyes have seen Your salvation
which You have prepared
before the face of all people,
a light to enlighten the Gentiles,
and for the glory of Your people Israel.
This prayer is used throughout Great Lent, and is excellent for expressing repentance.
O Lord and Master of my life, cast away from me the spirit of laziness, idle curiosity, love of power and vain talk. (prostration)
But grant me, Your servant, the spirit
of moderation, humility, patience and love. (prostration)
Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to judge my brothers and sisters. (prostration)
For You are blessed forever. Amen.
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