First Prayer of St. Basil the Great
Orthodox Prayer Book

Almighty Lord, God of the Powers and of all flesh, Who livest in the highest and
carest for the humble, Who searchest our hearts and affections, and clearly
foreknowest the secrets of men; eternal and everliving Light, in Whom is no
change nor shadow of variation; O Immortal King, receive our prayers which at the
present time we offer to Thee from unclean lips, trusting in the multitude of Thy
mercies. Forgive all sins committed by us in thought, word or deed, consciously or
unconsciously, and cleanse us from all defilement of flesh and spirit. Grant us to
pass the night of the whole present life with wakeful heart and sober thought,
ever expecting the coming of the radiant day of the appearing of Thy
only-begotten Son, our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, when the Judge of
all will come with glory to render to each according to their deeds. May we not be
found fallen and idle, but awake and alert for action, ready to accompany Him into
the joy and divine palace of His glory, where there is the ceaseless sound of those
keeping festival and the unspeakable delight of those who behold the ineffable
beauty of Thy Face. For Thou art the true Light that enlightens and sanctifies all,
and all creation sings to Thee throughout the ages. Amen.