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Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders

“Besides the written Lives, and the many letters of spiritual instruction, a beautiful and powerful prayer was left to us by the holy elders of Optina. This prayer has become so essential to many people’s everyday lives that they often paste it into their prayer books, to be read every day along with the other morning prayers.”

O Lord, grant that I may greet the coming day in peace.
Help me to rely upon Your holy will at every moment.
In every hour of the day, reveal Your will to me.

Bless my association with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat whatever may happen with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all.

In all of my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely without embittering and embarrassing others.

Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will.
Teach me to pray.
Pray Yourself in me. Amen.

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