I hope that all that are observing the season of lent are finding the journey spiritually purifying. I thought that I would share a prayer that has been very beneficial to during this time. The Prayer of St. Ephraim is thought to be the perfect encapsulation and summation of the Lent season. I agree wholeheartedly!

O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, or vain talking. (cross yourself and make a prostration)

But rather a spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love bestow on me thy servant. (cross yourself and make a prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages,

Amen. (cross yourself and make a prostration)

O God, cleanse me a sinner. (x12, crossing and bowing)

O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, or vain talking. But rather a spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love bestow on me thy servant.

Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages, Amen.

(cross yourself and make a prostration)