Prayer of the Optina Elders

Some of our staff are taking part in a project exploring aspects of Orthodox theology. Tim found this prayer, which we thought our readers might appreciate:

Grant that with peaceful minds we may face all that this new day is to bring.

Grant us grace to surrender ourselves utterly to Thy Divine Will.

Instruct and prepare us in all things for every hour of this day.

Whatever tidings may come to us this day, may we accept them tranquilly, firmly convinced that everything that happens to us fulfils Thy Divine Will.

Govern our thoughts and feelings in everything we do and say.

When things unforeseen occur, let us not forget that all comes down from Thee.

Teach us to behave sincerely and rationally towards every other human being that we may bring confusion and sorrow to none.

Bestow upon us, O Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day, and to bear our part in all its passing events.

Guide Thou our will and teach us to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and above all to love.


One Comment

  • Mary Raber

    I used to have this prayer posted on the door of my apartment to read whenever I went out.

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