Memory Verses:

Postulant Lay Monks

Compiled by Monk Preston

 

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"Cleachtadh a dhéanann maistreacht."
("Practice makes mastery. -Old Gaelic Saying)

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Push-pin bullet All Christians:

Push-pin bullet We believe that all Christians should memorize John 3:16, The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments, and the Nicene Creed.

(Or the Apostle's Creed in place of the Nicene Creed,  if your church uses only it, instead).

Push-pin bullet All of our Lay Monks:

Push-pin bullet We believe that all of our Lay Monks should also memorize The 23rd Psalm and Psalm 117, which we use in our Monastic Order's observance of Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours.

Note, all other Memory Verses posted are meant as suggestions.  If you prefer to memorize different verses, or to memorize those posted on these pages in a different order, please feel free to do so. _____________________________________________________________________

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Additional Memory Verses Indexes:

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These Collections of Scripture Verses, Psalms, Prayers, and The Creed, are suggested guidelines.

They are what I myself, and the other Monks here have used, and found to be greatly beneficial.

Memorization and Meditation (on Scripture) in Prayer is one of the great joys of the Christian life, and is not meant to become a burden.

We are only truly capable of holding and learning one to three lines in our minds at any given moment.   Does it look to be too long, and therefore too difficult?  There is never more to be learned than the next one to three lines. 

All else is only a reviewing of what we have already learned, even though  it may have been only partially learned.

One way is to repeat each line five times.  Repeat the next line five times.  Repeat both lines together five more times.  It is said that if you repeat something five times, and do so five times per day, for five days, you will have it memorized (though often it will be even sooner!).

If you are more interested in something further along (such as, "Lord, make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace" or anything else) feel free to do so by "skipping ahead."

If you begin learning a Psalm or something that is posted in part, and would rather continue on with the next part or parts before going on, feel free to do so.

You have the rest of your life to "sit at the Lord's feet" (followed by all of eternity when we will "enjoy Him forever").

Try to do something today, if at all possible, no matter how small.  With God, it is always today...it is always now.

-Monk Preston _____________________________________________________________________

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