Some prayers from the Orthodox tradition

Heavenly King
O heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who is in all places and dwells in all things, the Treasury of blessing and the Giver of life. Come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every stain, and save, O gracious One, our souls. Amen

Holy God, Holy Strong, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

The Jesus Prayer
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”


Lenten Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life,
Do not give to me the spirit of laziness, faintheartedness, lust for power, and idle talk.
But give to me, Your servant, the spirit of purity, humility, patience and love.
O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to judge my brother or sister,
for blessed are You unto ages of ages. Amen.

The great Canon of St Andrew the Great (read on Wednesday before Easter)

Easter Canon
Christ is risen from the dead! Death has destroyed death, and to those who were in the grave, Life has been given.


Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow
O Lord, I do not know what to ask of You.
You alone know what are my true needs.
You love me more than I myself know how to love.
Help me to see my real needs which are concealed from me.
I do not dare to ask either for a cross or for consolation.
I can only wait on You.
Visit and help me, for the sake of Your great mercy.
Strike me and heal me; cast me down and raise me up.
I worship in silence Your holy will and Your unsearchable ways.
I offer myself as a sacrifice to You.
I have no other desire than to seek to fulfil Your will.
Teach me to pray. Pray You Yourself in me. Amen


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