“Are any among you suffering? Let them pray. Are any cheerful? Let them sing praises! Are any among you sick? Let them call for the presbyters of the Church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the Name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will heal those who are sick and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed sins, they will be forgiven. Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective!” (James 5: 13-16)
“Peace I leave with you! My peace I give to you! I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
These prayers are from a variety of Orthodox sources, with the last being a reader’s service especially intended for home use by families. They can teach us how to respond to the current time of trial not by fretting over the latest news, but by opening our hearts and minds to divine grace, and to the peace our Lord has offered us, through fervent prayer.