Lenten prayer of St Ephrem

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Priest reciting Prayer of Saint Ephraim by RassaphoreGeorge (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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

   [prostration]

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

   [prostration]

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.

   [prostration]

The Prayer of St Ephrem, c. 306-378, Syrian hymn writer and theologian

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God
   so that at the proper time he may exalt you

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