Thursday, June 09, 2005

A Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

Today the Roman calendar remembers St. Ephraim of Syria, 4'th century Deacon and Doctor of the Church, and author of this prayer which is well known to Eastern Christians from their lenten observances:

O Lord and Master of my life,
take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
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.