Monday, March 09, 2009

The Lenten Prayer of Saint Ephraim

Prayed every weekday throughout Great Lent, this prayer focuses the heart upon the difficult, life-giving work of repentance:

O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. (prostration)

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant. (prostration)

Yea, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. (prostration)