Father Andrew, your blessing. I asked a priest to bless me to read the Psalter on behalf of my newly-reposed mum. He said, “I won’t give you my blessing!” I was taken aback.
I remember being asked, “There are certain times in my life when I feel depressed, when it’s hard for me to pray, when my mind wanders around. What would you recommend doing in those moments?
I have the same opinion. This idea was first brought up by St John of Kronstadt who said, “If one takes communion regularly, it’ll suffice him or her to fast only on Wednesdays and Fridays.”