Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch, a saying…

Without the Holy Spirit, God is far away;
Christ stays in the past;
the Gospel is a dead letter;
the Church is simply an organization;
authority, a matter of domination;
mission, a matter of propaganda;
the liturgy, no more than an evocation;
Christian living, a slave morality.
But in the Holy Spirit the cosmos is resurrected and groans with the birth-pangs of the kingdom;
the risen Christ is there;
the Gospel is the source of life;
the Church shows forth the life of the Trinity;
authority is a liberating service;
mission is a Pentecost;
the liturgy is bothmemorial and anticipation;
human action is deified.

-Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch


St. Basil the Great, a Saying…

Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.

-St. Basil the Great


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St. Basil the Great, a Saying…

When you sit down to eat, pray. When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you. If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness. When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you with clothes. When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God’s feet and adore Him who in His wisdom has arranged things in this way. Similarly, when the sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise their Creator.

-St. Basil the Great

Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian


This prayer is said during the Daily Office of the Great Fast. Prostrations can be made between verses…below are three examples, with varying wording.


O Lord and Master of my life,

  keep from me the spirit of indifference

     and discouragement,

        lust of power and idle chatter.


Instead, grant to me, Your servant,

  the spirit of wholeness of being,

     humble-mindedness, patience, and love.


O Lord and King,

  grant me the grace to be aware of my sins

     and not to judge my brothers and sisters;

        for You are blessed, now and ever and forever.





O Lord and Master of my life!

  Take from me the spirit of sloth,

      faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.  


But give rather the spirit of chastity,

   humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.


Yea, O Lord and King!

  Grant me to see my own errors

     and not to judge my brother;

        For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.





O Lord and Master of my life,

  grant that I may not be infected with the spirit

     of slothfulness, and meddling,

        of ambition and vain talking.


Grant instead to me Your servant

  the spirit of purity and humility,

    the spirit of patience and neighborly love.


O Lord and King,

  bestow upon me the grace of being aware of my sins

     and of not thinking evil of those of my brethren.

        For You are blessed forever and ever.



Texts quoted and further reading:

Let Us Pray to the Lord, Volume I: Daily Office. Eastern Christian Publications: Fairfax, VA.

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian. Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann:

Shown to be Holy: An Introduction to Eastern Christian Moral Thought. God With Us Publications: McKees Rocks, PA.