Prayer for Thursday (Ascension Day)

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
~ Gospel of Matthew 5:5

Open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life,
For my spirit rises early to pray towards thy holy temple.
Bearing the temple of my body all defiled;
But in Thy compassion, purify me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.

Lead me on the paths of salvation, O Mother of God,
For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins,
and have wasted my life in laziness.
But by your intercessions, deliver me from all impurity.

When I think of the many evil things I have done, wretch that I am,
I tremble at the fearful day of judgement.
But trusting in Thy living kindness, like David I cry to Thee:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

(Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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