#CCLent17 / Day 2 / March 2 / Praying in Syria

CCLent - lenten-prayer-of-saint-ephrem-the-syrian-stephen-stookeyYou were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV)

For many years I have used what is known in the Orthodox church as the Lenten Prayer of Ephrem the Syrian. I would encourage you to pray it each day during this season. Even memorize it.

Ephrem (306-373) was the greatest hymn writer of the early Christian world.  We have 100’s of hymns saturated with biblical themes and phrases that he wrote to teach and defend the faith. It is a prayer for transformation! It parallels the Apostle Paul’s admonition above in Ephesians 4 to “Put off the old and put on the new.”  Starting today and through next week, I’ll share some of the wonderful commentary on each petition. Here is one translation:

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of
apathy, faint-heartedness, love of power, & empty talk.
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But give rather the spirit of
purity, humility, patience, and love to Your servant.
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Yes, O Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother or sister;
For You are blessed forever, to ages of ages.  Amen!
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