A Lenten Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian


(1)  “O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of sloth, vain curiosity, lust for power, and idle talk.”

(2)  “But give to me Thy servant a spirit of soberness, humility, patience, and love.”

(3)  “O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou to the ages of ages.  Amen.”

(4)  “O God, cleanse me a sinner.”

This is a well-known prayer composed by Saint Ephraim the Syrian in the fourth century, which is closely associated with the Lenten season.  It is recommended that we recite the prayer daily (at least weekdays) during the fast, upon waking up in the morning and again before bed.

In the book “The Lenten Triodion” (available in the Saint George library), a method is suggested to recite the prayer twice, with four prostrations and twelve bows.  We recite line #1, followed by a prostration, doing the same for lines #2 and #3.  Then we repeat line #4 twelve times, bowing after each repetition.  Finally, we read the prayer again, lines #1-3, ending with a final prostration.


“May God grant us all a spiritually profitable Great Lent.   Kali Sarakosti!   Καλή Σαρακοστή!”    –  Fr. Leo, Pres. Candace & Nina

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