Morning Prayer by Metropolitan Philaret

I sometimes like to listen to Ancient Faith Radio while I do homework. If you listen to the music station (there’s also a talk station), short readings, prayers, or quotations from saints and the like are interspersed with the hymns and chants. The following morning prayer, attributed to Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, came up just now; I remember saying it at Camp Emmanuel in June (read: Orthodox church camp) and finding it quite powerful. Hearing it again reminded me of this, and I wanted to share it here.

O Lord, grant that I may greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon Thy Holy Will. In every hour of the day, reveal Thy will to me.

Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with the firm conviction that Thy will governs all.

In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by Thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.

Direct my will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thou Thyself in me.

Amen.

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