The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, to be prayed morning and night throughout Lent.
O Lord and Master of my life, take away from me the spirit of laziness, meddling, ambition and gossip.
But give to me your servant, the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love.
Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and faults, and not to judge my brothers or sisters, for you are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.
Monday, February 15, is “Kathara Deftera” (or in English, Clean Monday). It is the first day of Lent for Orthodox Christians worldwide. Actually, Lent itself, begins the preceding evening during Vespers (called Forgiveness Vespers). The theme for this beautiful service is “forgiveness” – when all present ask each other for forgiveness – starting Lent with a clean conscience and forgiveness.