Lenten prayer of St Ephrem

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.


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.


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


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

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