Sunday, December 6, 2015

A prayer Elder Joseph the Hesychast would recite before beginning to pray

Lord Jesus Christ, sweetest Father, God and
Lord of mercy, and Creator of the entire universe: Look upon my humility and forgive all my sins
which I have committed all the years of my life up to this very day and hour. Send forth Thine All-
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, so that He may teach, illuminate, and safeguard me so that I no longer
sin, so that with a pure soul and heart I may adore, worship, glorify, thank, and love Thee with all my
soul and heart, my sweetest Savior, Benefactor, and God, Who is worthy of all love and worship.

Yes, good eternal Father, co-eternal Son, and All-Holy Spirit, count me worthy of enlightenment and divine spiritual knowledge, so that by beholding Thy sweet grace I may bear the burden of this vigil tonight, and render unto Thee my prayers and thanksgiving, through the intercessions of the Most Holy Theotokos and all the Saints. Amen.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast