Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian
to the Most Holy Spirit
O Lord, Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, have compassion and mercy on
Thy sinful servant and pardon my unworthiness, and forgive me all the sins that I
humanly committed today, and not only humanly but even worse than a beast -
my voluntary sins, known and unknown, from my youth and from evil suggestions,
and from my brazenness, and from boredom. If I have sworn by Thy Name or
blasphemed it in thought, blamed or reproached anyone, or in my anger have
detracted or slandered anyone, or grieved anyone, or if I have got angry about
anything, or have told a lie, if I have slept unnecessarily, or if a beggar has come
to me and I despised or neglected him, or if I have troubled my brother or
quarrelled with him, or if I have condemned anyone, or have boasted, or have
been proud, or lost my temper with anyone, or if when standing in prayer my
mind has been distracted by the glamour of this world, or if I have had depraved
thoughts or have overeaten, or have drunk excessively, or have laughed
frivolously, or have thought evil, or have seen the attraction of someone and
been wounded by it in my heart, or said indecent things, or made fun of my
brother's sin when my own faults are countless, or been neglectful of prayer, or
have done some other wrong that I cannot remember - for I have done all this
and much more - have mercy, my Lord and Creator, on me Thy wretched and
unworthy servant, and absolve and forgive and deliver me in Thy goodness and
love for men, so that, lustful, sinful and wretched as I am, I may lie down and
sleep and rest in peace. And I shall worship, praise and glorify Thy most
honourable Name, with the Father and His only-begotten Son, now and ever, and
for all ages. Amen.
and to the ages of ages. Amen.