Silence

Preserve the fruit of prayer

It is essential to preserve the fruit of prayer. It is destroyed and lost very often due to idle talk immediately after prayer and by daydreaming, which is the same as idle talk, only within oneself. Silence after prayer is extremely beneficial: it retains prayer in one's mind and heart, and even on one's lips, audibly to oneself.

- St Nikon of Optina

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"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honoring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshiping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honoring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration. This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world."
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