Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Prayer of St. Ephraim
(whose feast occurs today)

Lord and Master of my life,
keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement,
lust of power and idle chatter.
Instead, grant to me,
Your servant,
the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love.

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.

St. Ephraim, a deacon, lived in Syria in the 4th century. He wrote Scripture commentaries, theological works, and many hymns, and he's ranked as a doctor of the Church.

Thank you to Deacon Greg, from whose blog I've "stolen" the image and the prayer.

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