Saint Ephraim the Syrian (306 – 373) ON PRAYER

[This is the twelth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.  Tomorrow is this saint’s Feast. For more about him, visit the Saint of the Day blog on the right column of this blog.]

Blessed is the person who has consented
to become the close friend of faith and of prayer:
he lives in single-mindedness and
makes prayer and faith stop by with him.
Prayer that rises up in someone’s heart
serves to open up for us the door of heaven:
that person stands in converse with the Divinity
and gives pleasure to the Son of God.
Prayer makes peace with
the Lord’s anger and with the vehemence of His wrath.
In this way too,
tears that well up in the eyes can open the door of compassion.

Virtues are formed by prayer.
Prayer preserves temperance.
Prayer suppresses anger.
Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.
Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit,
and raises man to Heaven.

Prayer For Strength In Weakness by St. Ephraim
Lord Jesus Christ,
King of kings,
You have power over life and death.
You know even things that are uncertain and obscure,
and our very thoughts and feelings are not hidden from You.
Cleanse me from my secret faults,
and I have done wrong and You saw it.
You know how weak I am,
both in soul and in body.
Give me strength, O Lord,
in my frailty and sustain me in my sufferings.
Grant me a prudent judgement, dear Lord,
and let me always be mindful of Your blessings.
Let me retain until the end Your grace
that has protected me till now.

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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