Monday, February 20, 2012

The Spiritual Psalter of St. Ephraim the Syrian

Mourn over my nakedness, O my beloved brothers! I have angered Christ with my wanton life. For the Good One created me and gave me freedom, but I have abused it and repaid Him with evil, with my lawless deeds...

To Thee, O Victor pierced by nails on the cross Who calleth out to sinners saying: Come, receive forgiveness freely--to Thee I unrelentingly pray, O my Savior: turn Thine eyes away from my lawlessness, and by Thy sufferings heal my sores that I may glorify Thy kindness.--St. Ephraim the Syrian, The Spiritual Psalter, 1st Kathisma, Third Stasis, 8

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