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The Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian

A Lenten Prayer


The Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian

Icon of Saint Ephrem the Syrian, from Meryemana Kilesesi, Diyarbakr, Turkey.

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The prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian is little known among Roman Catholics, but it is an important prayer for Eastern Rite and Eastern Orthodox during Lent (as well as on any day of fasting).

At the end of each verse, it is traditional to kneel or to make a prostration, which is when you kneel and then place your head to the floor. After the prostration, you should arise before reciting the next verse.

Eastern Christians say this prayer several times per day during Lent, and it is a good prayer for Roman Catholics to adopt as well.

The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter. [kneel/prostration]

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. [kneel/prostration]

O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. [kneel/prostration]

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