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Prayer of St. Ephrem

The Prayer of St. Ephrem (the Syrian) is recited at the beginning of the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts and in Vesper Services during Lent (The Great Fast). 

This prayer is a summary of the virtues and disciplines that Christians are encouraged to practice in their lives, especially during the Lenten period (the Great Fast) .

St. Ephrem was a deacon, hymn writer, and theologian born in the 4th century in what is now the country of Turkey.  He wrote hundreds of hymns, poems, and homilies and is honored and revered by churches of both the East and West.   His writings were intended to counteract the many heresies in the history of the early church.


O Lord and Master of my life,
Spare me from the spirit of apathy and meddling,
Of idle chatter and love of power.

Instead, grant to me, Your servant,
The spirit of integrity and humility,
Of patience and love.

Yes, O Lord and God,
Grant me the grace to be aware of my sins
And not to judge others,

For You are blessed,
Now and forever.   Amen

O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.
O Lord, forgive me, for I have sinned without number