Sayings:

In our prayer books, there are prayers of the Holy Fathers: Ephraim the Syrian, Macarius the Egyptian, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, and other great men of prayer. Being filled with the spirit of prayer, they were able to convert that living spirit into words, and handed it down to us. When one enters into these prayers with attention and effort, then that great and prayerful spirit will in turn enter into him. He will taste the power of prayer. – Bishop Theophan the Recluse