O Lord Jesus Christ . . . .
be merciful and forgive me, Your unworthy servant,
if somehow I have sinned this day as a human,
or rather as an inhuman.
Forgive my voluntary and involuntary sins,
the ones I committed in knowledge or in ignorance,
the ones that have been done
out of evil influences and carelessness
and my great indolence and negligence.
Forgive me, O Lord,
if I have taken an oath by Your holy name
or if I have violated my oath;
if I have sworn in my mind
or if I have somehow irritated You;
if I have stolen
or if I have lied;
if a friend came to me and I ignored him
or if I have distressed and embittered my brother . . . .
if I looked upon vain beauty
and my mind was attracted by it;
if I was overly talkative about improper things
or if I busied myself with faults of my brother
and condemned him
while overlooking my own innumerable faults;
if I have neglected my prayer
of if I have brought to mind any other evil thing.
Forgive me, O God,
your useless servant,
all these and whatever other things
I have done and do not remember.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for You are good and You love mankind,
so that I, the prodigal one,
may go to bed and fall asleep
together with the Father
and Your all-holy, good and life-creating Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
St. Ephrem the Syrian c. 306-378, Syrian hymn writer and theologian
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.