- Dear List,
Some member of this list expressed their worries about Metropolitan
Vitaly's health and well being.
Below, you will read an accunt on his thoughts about prayer which he
expressed a few days ago in front an assembly for his namesday.
"Yes, prayer is the most important thing in life; the goal of our
life is the Kingdom of Heaven...," says Metropolitan Vitaly. Always
rejoice; be grateful for everything; always pray, as the Apostle
says. (I Thess. 5:16-18)
Always pray. If it says to do so, it means it is possible...
But how to do it? We have to pray first with our mind. But the mind
is something cold. It is not enough. We have to pray with the heart.
To pray with the mind is a labour. And for this labour, if we will
patiently continue to do it, the Lord will give us prayer of the
Prayer of the heart. How it comes to us, we do not know. This is a
mystery. But it comes suddenly. And then the WHOLE person is praying:
mind, heart, body... with the whole being. And where there is prayer
of the heart, there always are tears. Our first Baptism in the watery
font we have corrupted by our sins. And here is the second Baptism in
the font of our tears, in the prayer of the heart. And this vessel we
have to fill with the water of our tears...
There is a great power in our heart. Our main power. When we say "I
love you with all my heart," it means that it is impossible to love
more than that. It is a limit. The word spoken from whole heart
reaches the heart of another man.
Communicate with people only from your whole heart. Heartfelt
relations towards people gives power, influence... There is great
power when we do or talk from our whole heart. It brings success. But
it can be for good or for evil. When one talks from the whole heart,
but there is evil in the heart -- one can arouse a mob. The
revolution can begin! Lenin! But when there is goodness in a heart...
one can save many souls-- Saint John of Kronstadt, Saint Seraphim of
What is a human being? It is a mystery. What is our "I"? The mystery
of mysteries. If one penetrates into this mystery one can lose one's
mind... For in our "I"... is the Image of God... And this "I" is
immortal... there is no death... In front of us: Eternity, the
Kingdom of Heaven...
Vladika spoke of how he started his spiritual life. Once he was
sitting, thinking: Why do I live? And so started to make
prostrations. Prostrations help prayer. With certain movements of the
body, prayer is fortified. When you can't pray--make prostrations.
Then prayer will come... Do not have pity on yourself. The ease of
body is a loathsome thing before Lord. Tired? You lazy one! Get up to
pray! I lied down, says one, as I'm glued to my bed. Get up, I'm
saying, pray, make prostrations! Lower, lower, to the floor. Even if
it is painful.
The Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me
sinner!" And Vladika is almost screaming:"HAVE MERCY on me a sinner.
HAVE MERCY on me! Prayer without repentance -- is the way to prelest.
How to obtain repentance? Remember something bad you have done in
In the church everything is significant. For example, you are putting
a candle in the church. This candle is you. You are burning. The
flame of the candle is you, your love for God... Light candles in the
church with this feeling..."