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As an Eastern Catholic I take part in special daily prayers during lent. There is a fast that is required also. But for this moment I want to share with you this special prayer that I find changes me slowly throughout Lent. Like a dripping tap on a rock, the water slowly reshapes the rock; so my whole being has subtle gentle changes. These prayers when prayed from the heart help me to go deeper into my relationship with My Lord, My God! When it reads “prostration” that means that you would first cross your self and then bow from the waist, or bow from the waist and touch the ground with your hand (indicating that you offer all of yourself from your toes to your head to the Lord) or go down on your knees and touch your head to the floor (an even deeper action of surrender)
Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life!
Keep me from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement,
lust of power, and idle chatter.
Instead, grant to me, Your servant,
the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience and love.
O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own transgressions
and not to judge my brothers and sisters;
for You are blessed now and forever. Amen.
Then, with a simple bow, the following Act of Contrition is repeated four times.
Act of Contrition
O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me
I have sinned without number, forgive me, O Lord.
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Virtues are formed by prayer.
Prayer preserves temperance.
Prayer suppresses anger.
Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.
Prayer draws into the soul the Holy spirit, and raises man to Heaven.
Fr. Clement Sheptytsky was the brother of the late Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. His prayer was passed to me in 1967 and I have prayed this prayer everyday since then. I love it as it covers my daily needs and it teaches me as I pray the words. When I embrace and meditate on the words, I feel strengthened in my faith and understanding and love for God. I am grateful for this prayer. May you also be blessed when you pray the following words:
Lord, grant that I may meet the coming day with spiritual tranquility.
Grant that in all things I may rely upon your holy will.
In each hour of the day, reveal your will to me.
Whatever news may reach me this day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul, knowing that all is subject to your holy will.
Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions.
In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down by you.
Grant that I may deal firmly and wisely with every member of my family and all who are in my care, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love.