Great Fast Video Reflection – Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian For Those Who Suffer or Are In Anguish

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This visual and musical meditation of the prayer read by Ted Nottingham is offered in honor of the first week of Great Fast/Lent in the Holy Orthodox Church which commenced on Monday, March 14, 2016 (according to the civil calendar). It is a powerful spiritual encouragement for all who suffer or who may be in anguish in any way.

 


St. Ephrem/Ephraim the Syrian (306 — 373) was a deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century. Ephrem wrote a wide variety of hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose and biblical exegesis. These were works of practical theology for the edification of the Orthodox Church in troubled times. So popular were his works, that, for centuries after his death, Christian authors wrote hundreds of pseudepigraphal works in his name. St. Ephrem’s works witness to Orthodox Christianity in which Western ideas take little part. He has been called the most significant of all of the Fathers of the Syriac-speaking Orthodox Church tradition.

Of course the more familiar Great Fast Prayer of Saint Ephrem [below] is used daily by Orthodox Christians during personal prayers and various Services at this time of 40 days of preparation…

 

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own faults
and not to judge my brother,
for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen