Prayers of the Holy Hierarch Saint John Chrysostom
Before Reading the Word of God, the Lives of the Saints,
or Any Spiritual Reading
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:
     Illumine my heart, O Master who lovest mankind, with the pure light of Thy
divine knowledge.
     Open Thou the eyes of my mind to the understanding of Thy Gospel
teachings. Implant also in me a love for Thy blessed commandments.
     Grant me the grace to overcome all my carnal desires, so that I may enter
more completely into a spiritual manner of living, both thinking and doing such
things as are well pleasing to Thee.
     For Thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and
unto Thee do we ascribe glory, together with Thine all-holy, good and life-creating
Spirit; now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
     O Lord Jesus Christ, open Thou the eyes of my heart, that I may hear Thy
word and understand and do Thy will, for I am a sojourner upon the earth.
     Hide not Thy commandments from me, but open mine eyes, that I may
perceive the wonders of Thy law.
     Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom.
     On Thee do I set my hope, O my God, that Thou shalt enlighten my mind and
understanding with the light of Thy knowledge, not only to cherish those things
which are written, but to do them; that in reading the lives and sayings of the
Saints I may not sin, but that such may serve for my restoration, enlightenment
and sanctification, for the salvation of my soul, and the inheritance of life
     For Thou art the enlightenment of those who lie in darkness, and from Thee
cometh every good deed and every gift. Amen.

Having finished the reading one should say:
By the intercessions of Thine All-immaculate Mother and of all Thy Saints, Lord
Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.