St. Ephrem the Syrian (ca. 306-373 AD) was a monk, theologian, and poet who lived from 306 – 373 AD. He lived a life of service to others and ultimately gave his life ministering to victims of plague and famine in Edessa. Learn more about his life here. We are encouraged to pray his penitential prayer with deep prostrations each day throughout the Great Fast (Lent).

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life,

Drive from me the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle chatter.

Prostration

Instead, bestow on me, your servant, the spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love.

Prostration

Yes, O Lord and King, let me see my own sins and not judge my brothers and sisters; for you are blessed for ever and ever. Amen

Prostration

Then with a simple bow. 4 times:

+ God, be merciful to me a sinner.

+God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.

+ I have sinned without number, forgive me O Lord

 

Pray the entire prayer of St. Ephrem without the bows in between. Finish with one final prostration.

Prayer of St. Ephrem (Simplified Form)

O Lord and Master of my life,

Take away from me the will to be lazy and to be sad, the desire to get ahead of other people, to boast and to brag.

Prostration

Give me, instead, a pure and humble spirit, the will to be patient with other people and to love them.

Prostration

Yes, O Lord and King!  Let me realize my own mistakes and keep me from judging the things that other people do, for you are blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen

Prostration

Then with a simple bow. 4 times:

+ God, be merciful to me a sinner.

+God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.

+ I have sinned without number, forgive me O Lord

Pray the entire prayer of St. Ephrem without the bows in between. Finish with one final profound bow.

 

Молитва Святого Єфрема

Господи і Владико життя мого! Духа лінивства, недбайливости, владолюб’я і пустомовства віджени від мене.

 Доземний поклін

Духа чистоти, покори, терпеливости й любові даруй мені, слузі твоєму.

Доземний поклін

Так, Господи, Царю! Дай мені бачити гріхи мої і не осуджувати брата мого та сестру мою, бо ти благословенний на віки вічні. Амінь.

 Доземний поклін

4 рази з поясними поклонами читається:

†Боже, милостивий,будь мені грішному.

†Боже, очисти мої гріхи і помилуй мене.

†Без числа нагрішив/ла я, Господи, прости мені.

 

 Повторюється ще раз вся молитва з земним поклоном у кінці.