Morning Prayer of the Optina1 Elders
Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind,
I may face all that this new day is to bring!
Grant unto me to dedicate myself completely to Thy Holy Will!
Guide and support me in all things every hour of this day!
Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day,
teach me to accept tranquility in the firm belief
that all eventualities fulfill Thy Holy Will!
Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say!
When things unforeseen occur,
let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee!
Teach me to behave sincerely and sensibly toward every member of my family,
that I may bring confusion and sorrow to none!
Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the weariness of the day,
and to bear my part in all its passing events!
Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient,
to forgive, and to love!
1 The Optina Hermitage (Russian: Optina Pustyn) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery for men near Kozelsk in Russia. In the 19th century, the Optina was the most important spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church.
This Week’s Affirmation:
“I am committed to my goals and my success is assured.”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)