Elder Porphyrios of the Holy Mountain

“Pray for the Church, for the world, for everyone. The whole of Christendom is contained in prayer. If we pray only for ourselves, that conceals self-interest. But when you pray for the Church, you are also embraced within the Church. In the Church is Christ, united with the Church and with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity and the Church are one. Your desire must be for this: for the world to be sanctified and for everything to belong to Christ. Then you enter into the Church and you live in the joy of Paradise. You live with God, because the whole fullness of divinity dwells in the Church.

Pray for others more than for yourself. Say, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,’ and you will always have others in mind. We are all children of the same Father; we are all one. And so, when we pray for others, we say ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,’ and not, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on them.’ In this way, we make them one with ourselves.”

– Elder Porphyrios, Wounded by Love