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Icon of St. Ephrem by Phillip Zimmerman

The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

The Prayer of St. Ephrem is from the 4th century Orthodox saint born in Nisibus, now the modern-day Turkish city of Nusaybin. He was a prolific writer of hymns, sermons and prayers that were profound expressions of Orthodox Christian theology, doctrine and worship.

    O Lord and Master of my life!

    Take from me the spirit of sloth,
    faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.

    But give rather the spirit of chastity,
    humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

    Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors
    and not to judge my brother,
    for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Image of St. Ephrem provided, with permission,
Phillip Zimmerman, Iconographer
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