Posted by: anna | February 10, 2011

St Ephraim of Syria

Today (28 January) we commemorate St Ephraim the Syrian, author of the eponymous Prayer of St Ephrem (as usual I’m using several spellings advisedly) which we say many, many times throughout Lent, during services and at private prayer, with metanias and prostrations.

O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of sloth, idle curiosity (meddling), lust for power and idle talk.

But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity (integrity), humility, patience and love.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see mine own faults and not to judge my brother. For blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Holy Father Ephraim, pray to God for us.
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