Another Prayer of St. Basil or of St. Martinianos
Again have I the wretched one been tripped up in my mind by serving my evil and
sinful habits. Again I am dragged as a captive by the prince of darkness and the
father of passionate pleasure; and as a slave, humiliated by his will, he forces me to
serve the desires of the flesh. And what am I to do, O Lord, O Lord, redeemer and
defender of all who hope in Thee; but to turn again to Thee, and sigh, and beg
forgiveness for the things which I have done. But I fear and tremble that perhaps
even though Iconfess daily and try to avoid harmful things, yet still I cease not to
sin every hour, and fail to render my prayer to Thee, my God, Imight yet incite Thy
patience unto wrath. And who can bear Thine anger, O Lord? Wherefore, knowing the
multitude of Thy compassions and the abyss of Thy love for mankind, again I throw
myself upon Thy mercy, and I cry unto Thee, saying: I have sinned, O Lord; have
mercy upon me, the fallen one. Grant unto me Thy hand in help, who am sunk in the
pit of pleasures; and do not abandon me, O Lord, Thy servant, to be destroyed by
mine iniquities and my sins. Rather, in Thy usual goodness deliver me from the
pollution and the stain of my flesh and from my passionate thoughts which in every
way defile my miserable soul.
Behold, O Lord my God, there is not even one place in it that is clean, but it is
altogether leprous; my body is itself one great wound. Let Thou Thyself, therefore,
as the healer of souls and the wellspring of life, cleanse my soul with tears which
Thou shalt pour out upon me abundantly. Grant me healing and cleansing, and turn
not Thy face from me, lest the darkness of despair consume
me as fire. But as Thou Thyself, the all-true God, hast said that there is joy in
heaven at the return of a sinner, let this be unto me, a sinner. Close not the ears of
Thy compassion against the prayer of my repentance; but open them unto me and
direct my prayer before Thee as incense. Thou, the Creator, knowest the weakness
of our nature, how easily we slip in our youth; yet Thou overlookest the sins and
Thou acceptest the repentance of those who confess to Thee in truth. For Thou
alone art sinless, and unto Thee we send up glory, now and ever, and unto the ages
of ages. Amen.