Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of laziness,
faint-heartedness, desire for power, and idle talk.

But give your servant
the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love.

Yes, Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own errors
and not to unjustly or hastily judge my brother,
for you are blessed, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

Source of this version: Freely modified from http://lent.goarch.org/prayers/

The words ‘unjustly or hastily’ were added for clarity.

This prayer has its own Wikipedia article, available here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Ephrem

Original in Greek:

Κύριε καὶ Δέσποτα τῆς ζωῆς μου,
πνεῦμα ἀργίας, περιεργίας, φιλαρχίας,
καὶ ἀργολογίας μή μοι δῷς.,

Πνεῦμα δὲ σωφροσύνης,
ταπεινοφροσύνης, ὑπομονῆς, καὶ ἀγάπης
χάρισαί μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ.

Ναί, Κύριε Βασιλεῦ,
δώρησαι μοι τοῦ ὁρᾶν τὰ ἐμὰ πταίσματα,
καὶ μὴ κατακρίνειν τὸν ἀδελφόν μου,
ὅτι εὐλογητὸς εἶ, εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.



A Short Devotional Liturgy for Ash Wednesday

This short devotional liturgy can be used in the home, or for the beginning of a school day or a church meeting. It can also be used at any time during the Lenten season.

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Be gracious to us, God, according to your mercy.
Blot out our acts of rebellion according to the greatness of your compassion.  (Psalm 51:1)

O God,
you do not desire the death of sinners,
but you want them to turn to you and live.
Look with pity on the weakness of our mortal nature.
We confess that we are but ashes,
and for our wickedness we deserve to return to the dust.
Forgive all our sins,
and give us the blessings that come with true repentance;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 59 or another portion of Scripture is read.

Isaiah 59:12-20
12Yes, our rebellious deeds are many before you, and our sins testify against us. Our rebellious deeds are with us, and as for our guilty deeds, we know them: 13rebellion and treachery against the Lord, and we turn back from following our God. We incite oppression and apostasy. We conceive and utter deceitful words from our heart. 14Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away, for truth stumbles in the city square, and uprightness cannot enter. 15Truth is missing and the one who turns aside from evil is becomes prey. The Lord saw that there was no justice, and it was evil in his sight. 16He saw that there was no man, and he was appalled that there was no intercessor. So his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness supported him. 17So he clothed himself with righteousness like body armor, and with a helmet of salvation on his head. He clothed himself in garments of vengeance, and he wrapped himself with zeal like a cloak. 18He will repay in full what they have earned: wrath to his foes, full payment to his enemies. He will repay even the distant islands. 19From the west they will fear the Lord’s name, and from the rising of the sun they will fear his glory, for he will come like a raging river, driven by the Spirit of the Lord. 20Then a Redeemer will come for Zion, for those in Jacob who turn from rebellion, —the declaration of the Lord. (EHV)
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Let us pray.
Lord God, heavenly Father,
as the result of his rebellion,
you told father Adam,
“You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
We have followed Adam in his rebellion,
and have earned the same reward.
Lift us up from this dust of death
by the rising of your Son Jesus Christ.
Restore us to life with you
by forgiveness through his blood.
Empower us to walk with him in newness of life,
and in the obedience that leads to righteousness.
Finally, on the Last Day,
raise us from the dust of death
to live in the joy of your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

During these days of Lent, may the Lord focus our hearts on our Lord Jesus Christ as we look to him for cleansing from all our sin and follow him in his obedience.

The blessing of almighty God, the Father, the + Son and the Holy Spirit be with us all.


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This devotion can be downloaded as a pdf here.

All scripture is taken from the Evangelical Heritage Version © 2016, 2017, www.wartburgproject.org.

The opening prayer is freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, and can also be read here.

The closing prayer is newly composed by Paul C. Stratman © 2017, and can also be read here.

The short exhortation was written for this devotional liturgy.

Prayer for Transfiguration

O God,
you so loved the world
that you gave your only Son
to reconcile the earthly with the heavenly;
Move us to love you above all things,
that we love our friends in you,
and our enemies for you;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 21 #2 (Sexagesima)

“O God, you so loved the world…” is a reference to  John 3:16

“to reconcile the earthly with the heavenly” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 5:19,  Colossians 1:20

“Move us to love you above all things” is a reference to  Deuteronomy 6:5Matthew 22:37Mark 12:30Luke 10:27

St. Matthias, February 24

On February 24, the Christian Church remembers St. Matthias. Shortly after the Ascension of Our Lord, Matthias was was chosen to replace Judas.

Almighty God,
you chose your faithful servant Matthias
to take part in the ministry and apostleship
from which Judas fell in sin.
Preserve your church from false apostles,
and always bless us with faithful ministers
of your Word and sacraments;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881

A Litany on the Passion (2)

O good Shepherd, you laid down your life for the sheep, remember us:
Be gracious and have mercy on us.

O everlasting Power and Wisdom of the most high God, Word of the Father, remember us:
Be gracious and have mercy on us.

O Maker of the world, the Life of all, the Lord of angels, remember us:
Be gracious and have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, for us you were led as a sheep to the slaughter, remember us:
Be gracious and have mercy on us.

You were seized, guiltless, buffeted, given over to murderers, remember us:
Be gracious and have mercy on us.

By your death you overcome the death of our guilt,  remember us:
Be gracious and have mercy on us.  Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary

Source of this version: Prayers of the Middle Ages: Light from a Thousand Years,  J. Manning Potts, Ed. Nashville, Tennessee: The Upper Room, © 1954 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Prayer for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

O God,
author of peace,
may we be so held in the bonds of love,
that those who are peaceful may remain in peace,
and that those who differ may be reconciled by your mercy;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #3 (Epphany 6)

“may we be so held in the bonds of love” may be a reference to  2 Corinthians 5:14