Icon of Saint Ephrem the Syrian(Meryem Ana Kilesesi, Diyarbakır,Turkey)
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The Prayer of St. Ephrem The Syrian is a prayer attributed to St. Ephrem, a Syriac language hymn writer and theologian from the 4th century. This prayer is particularly used during the Great Lent by Orthodox Christians. There are two different versions of this prayer historically - both a Greek and a Slavonic version. Various English translations are based on either version (or a combination of both).This prayer is prayed during all Lenten weekday services, as well as by individuals in the home. I've included two different English versions of this prayer and encourage you to consider adding this prayer to your Lenten prayers this season.
Version 1 (originally found here)
O Lord, Master of my life, grant that I may not be infected with the spirit of slothfulness and acquisitiveness, with the spirit of ambition and vain talking.
Grant instead to me your servant the spirit of purity and humility, the spirit of patience and neighborly love.
O Lord and King, bestow upon me the grace of being aware of my own sins and of not thinking evil of those of my brothers and sisters. For You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.
Version 2 (originally found here)
O Lord and Master of my life: take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power and idle talk.