Thursday, May 17, 2007

Prayer of the Optina Elders

This is a beautiful prayer by the Optina Elders (brief, secular, overview of Optina here). I've grown to particularly love it.


Optina

O Lord, grant unto me that with Thy peace I may greet all that this day is to bring. Grant unto me grace to surrender myself completely to Thy holy will. In every hour of this day insturct and guide me in all things. Whatever tidings I may receive during this day, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly in the firm belief that Thy holy will governs all. Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say. When unforeseen things occur, let me not forget that all is sent by Thee. Teach me to behave sincerely and reasonably toward everyone, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to no one. Bestow on me, O Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day and to bear my part in its events. Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love. Amen.

Image from the Wikipedia article


2 comments:

Body Soul Spirit said...

"When unforeseen things occur, let me not forget that all is sent by Thee."

...I like that part
Ruth

MaureenE said...

Me too. It's something I struggle with quite a bit.