Let my prayer arise in Thy sight as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. – Psalm 141:2
The first time I heard the ‘Let my prayer arise’ portion of the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts I was still an inquirer into Orthodoxy. I was attending this evening service and trying to follow along and do everything right.
I was also working to get over my discomfort with doing prostrations during the prayers. When I was attending a Pentecostal church, I was always uncomfortable with raising my hands in prayer. I’m not overly demonstrative by nature, and showy displays are not my thing.
“You’d raise your hands at an Alabama football game, wouldn’t you?” was what people would say to me in church. Sure, I thought. I do a lot of things at Alabama football games I wouldn’t do in church.
If raising my hands was tough, kneeling and touching my head to the floor in humility was almost a bridge too far. But this was a path I had willingly chosen, and I wanted to do what has been the practice of Christians for centuries. I did not want my own way anymore. I wanted to be obedient.
From the back of the darkened room lit only by candles, a single voice lifted this prayer in song. I couldn’t hold back the tears at the simple, profound beauty.
Here’s an equally beautiful version for those who have never heard Orthodox hymns.
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