THE LENTEN PRAYER OF ST. EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN

O LORD AND MASTER OF MY LIFE,

            give me not 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. Amen.

(Prostration)

If I have sinned against you or offended you in any way, forgive me and pray for me, a sinner, as I pray unworthily for you.
Giacomo Sanfilippo, Editor