Monday, June 16, 2008
An Orthodox Morning and Evening Prayer
A Prayer of the Optina Elders
O Lord, grant me strength to meet with spiritual tranquility everything forthcoming today. Grant me to submit completely to Thy holy will. At every hour of this day guide and support me in all things.
Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of this day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to Thy holy will.
Direct my thoughts and feelings--in all my words and actions . In all unexpected occurances, do not let me forget that all is sent down from Thee.
Teach me to deal straightforwardly and wisely with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.
O Lord, grant me strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive and to love.
O Lord our God, as Thou art good and the Lover of mankind, forgive me wherein I have sinned today in word, deed and thought.
Grant me peaceful and undisturbed sleep; send Thy guardian angel to protect and keep me from all evil. For Thou art the Guardian of our souls and bodies, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.