The advantage of praying during the night

This is the advantage of praying during the night; night is a shield against thoughts, against images and feelings. Try to be present in that moment, try to be aware of the silence that surrounds you, let the void of that darkness embrace you, let it enter you and fill you with peace and silence. There is something almost sacramental in this hidden silence and stillness before Christ. This darkness, this solitude, this instinctive awareness of one’s mortality, they all force one to open up in ways in which would be impossible by daytime.

From the Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints

A fisherman saying the Jesus Prayer while returning from fishing in the evening

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