The Prayer of Righteous Ephrem

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Here is the most used Prayer of the Eastern Rite, both of the Catholics and the Orthodox of the Byzantine Rite during Great Lent. It is attributed to St. Ephrem the Syrian and this is always prayed too on Weekday Liturgies, namely that of the Divine Liturgy of the Pre Sanctified. Here is the short verse of this Prayer both in English and in Greek and the Kyivan Versions of this Lenten Prayer:

English: O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of sloth, dispair, 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.
Greek: Κύριε καὶ Δέσποτα τῆς ζωῆς μου, πνεῦμα ἀργίας, περιεργίας, φιλαρχίας, καὶ ἀργολογίας μή μοι δῷς.,
Πνεῦμα δὲ σωφροσύνης, ταπεινοφροσύνης, ὑπομονῆς, καὶ ἀγάπης χάρισαί μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ.
Ναί, Κύριε Βασιλεῦ, δώρησαι μοι τοῦ ὁρᾶν τὰ ἐμὰ πταίσματα, καὶ μὴ κατακρίνειν τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, ὅτι εὐλογητὸς εἶ, εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.
Kyivan: Господи и владыко живота моегω, духъ оунынїѧ, небрежεнїѧ, любоначалїѧ и празднословїѧ ѿжεни ѿ мεнε.
Духъ же цѣломѹдрїѧ, смиреномѹдрїѧ, терпѣнїѧ и любве, дарѹй ми рабѹ твоемѹ.
Ей Господи Царю, даждь ми зрѣти моѧ согрѣшенїѧ, и не ωсуждати брата моегω, якω благословенъ еси во вѣки вѣковъ. Аминь

This Penitential Prayer is recommended to be recited at Morning, Noon and Evening. It is also suggestible to recite on both rising and retiring to bed. On this next version we have the long Prayer of St. Ephrem used at the Weekday Liturgies of the Pre-Sanctified during Great Lent with guides on making Prostrations while reciting this Prayer during the Divine Liturgy

{Making a prostration}

O LORD, Master of my life, grant that I may not be infected with the
spirit of slothfulness and inquisitiveness, with the spirit of ambition and vain talking.

{Making a prostration}
Grant instead to me, your servant, the spirit of purity and of
humility, the spirit of patience and neighborly love.
{Making a third prostration}
O Lord and King, grant me the grace of being aware of my sins and of not thinking evil of those of my brethren.
For you are blessed, now and ever, and forever.


Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, You have power over life
and death. You know what is secret and hidden, and neither our
thoughts nor our feelings are concealed from You.
Cure me of duplicity; I have done evil before You.
Now my life declines from day to day and my sins increase.
O Lord, God of souls and bodies, You know the extreme frailty of
my soul and my flesh.
Grant me strength in my weakness, O Lord, and sustain me in my misery. Give me a grateful soul that I may never cease to recall
Your benefits, O Lord most bountiful.
Be not mindful of my many sins, but forgive me all my misdeeds.
O Lord, disdain not my prayer - the prayer of a wretched
sinner; sustain me with Your grace until the end, that it may
protect me as in the past.
It is Your grace which has taught me wisdom; blessed are they who follow her ways, for they shall receive the crown of glory.
In spite of my unworthiness, I praise You and I glorify You,
O Lord, for Your mercy to me is without limit.
You have been my help and my protection. May the name of Your majesty be praised forever.
To you, our God, be glory. Amen.

This Video clip is a Explanation and giving details and also Reflections on this very Penitential Prayer used by the Byzantine Rite during Great Lent. We thank Rev. Fr. Paul Makar, Director of the Ukrainian Catholic Vocations of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia for this wonderful Clip we ask permission to post it on our Blog as part of our Spiritual Journey this Great Lent Season


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