The Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk;
grant rather the spirit of chastity, humility,
patience, and love to thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own transgressions
and not to judge my brother.

For blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages.

– St. Ephrem the Syrian


  1. I enjoyed this message, and I was pleasantly surprised to find these words by the same saint today!

    “Even though there is only one baptism for the whitening of stains, yet there are two eyes which, when filled with tears, provide a baptismal font for the limbs. For the Creator knew well beforehand that sins multiply in us at all times, and though there is only a single baptism, he fixed in the single body two fonts that give absolution.”

    – St. Ephraim the Syrian: Hymns on the Ascetic Abraham


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