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DAILY PRAYER RULE OF

ST. SERAPHIM OF SAROV

Rule courtesy of the Brotherhood of St. George, Greek Orthodox Diocese of


Denver. Prayer translations taken from: The Horologion, or Book of Hours, St.
Tikhons Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, 2000.
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hrough the prayers of our Holy O God, cleanse me, a sinner.
Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our (Said 12 times, with a metanoia (bow) each
God, have mercy upon us! time).

2. O Heavenly King O Lord and Master of my life, Take from me


the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and
O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the idle talk. But give rather the spirit of
Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy
and fillest all things, Treasury of Blessings servant. Yea, O Lord and King: Grant me to
and Giver of Life: Come and abide in us; and see my own transgressions and not to judge
cleanse us from every impurity, and save our my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto the
souls, O Good One. ages of ages. Amen.
(Prostration)
3. The Trisagion.
Holy God. Holy Mighty. Holy Immortal.
Have mercy on us. Lenten Prayer to the Theotokos3
Holy God. Holy Mighty. Holy Immortal.
Have mercy on us.
Holy God. Holy Mighty. Holy Immortal. All of creation rejoiceth in thee, O Full of
Have mercy on us. Grace, the assembly of angels and the race
of men. O sanctified temple and spiritual
paradise, the glory of virgins, from whom
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
God was incarnate and became a child our
and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever
God before the ages. He made thy body into
and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
a throne, and thy womb He made more
O Most-holy Trinity: Have mercy
spacious than the heavens. All of creation
on us. Lord: Cleanse us from our rejoiceth in thee, O Full of Grace. Glory to
sins. Master: Pardon our thee.
transgressions. Holy One: Visit 3. This prayer is from the Liturgy of St. Basil the
Great and can be used to replace Axion Estin during Great
and heal our infirmities for Thy Lent. The translation has been adapted from The Divine

names sake. Liturgy, Second Edition. St. Tikhons Seminary Press: South
Canaan, Pennsylvania 1977, pages 136-137.

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than the Cherubim and more glorious, Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
beyond compare, than the Seraphim, Lord, have mercy.
without corruption1 thou gavest birth to God Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and
the word. True Theotokos, we magnify thee. to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto
8. Dismissal. the ages of ages. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
Through the prayers of our Holy
hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come.
Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
mercy upon us. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive
us our trespasses, as we forgive those who
The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian2 trespass against us; and lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
O Lord and Master of my life. Take from me If there is a priest, he gives the usual
the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and exclamation. If there is no priest say:
idle talk. (Prostration)
Through the prayers of our Holy
But give rather the spirit of chastity, Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have
humility, patience and love to Thy servant. mercy upon us!
(Prostration)

Yea, O Lord and King: Grant me to see my Amen.


own transgressions and not to judge
my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto Lord, have mercy. (12 times)
the ages of ages. Amen (Prostration)
Glory to the Father, and to the
1. Although The Horologion reads defilement Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and
here, I have used the word corruption to correspond to ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
common usage in The Diocese of the West, under the
omophorion of His Grace, Tikhon, Bishop of San
Francisco and the West. Come let us worship God
2. The Prayer of St Ephraim may be our King! (metanoia)
inserted between # 7 and #8 during the Lenten
Season.

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Come, let us worship and fall down Vouchsafe O Lord, that we may be kept
before Christ, our King and our God. this day/evening/night without sin.
(metanoia) Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our
Come let us worship and fall down
fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy
before Christ Himself, our King and our
name forever. Amen.
God. (metanoia)
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as
Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O we have set our hope on Thee.
Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us! Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy
statutes.
4. Psalm 50/51. Blessed art Thou, O Master, make me
Have mercy on me, O God, according to to understand Thy statutes.
Thy great mercy; and according to the Blessed art Thou, O Holy One,
multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my enlighten me with Thy statutes.
transgression.
Thy mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Wash me thoroughly from mine
despise not the works of Thy hands.
iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Unto Thee is due praise. Unto Thee is
For I know mine iniquity, and my sin is
due a song! Unto thee is due glory:
ever before me.
To the Father, and to the Son, and to
Against Thee only have I sinned and
the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto
done this evil in Thy sight; that Thou
the ages of ages. Amen.
mightest be justified in Thy words
and victorious when Thou art judged.
For behold, I was conceived in 7. Axion Estin/It is Truly Meet
iniquities, and in sins did my It is truly meet to bless thee, O
mother bear me.
Theotokos, ever-blessed and
For behold, Thou hast loved most-pure and the Mother of
truth; the hidden and secret our God. More honorable

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O Lord, Heavenly King, God the Father things of Thy wisdom hast Thou revealed
Almighty; O Lord, the Only-begotten Son, unto me.
Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop,
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the and I shall be made clean; Thou shalt wash
Father Thou Who takest away the sins of the me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.
world, have mercy on us; Thou shalt make me to hear joy and
Thou Who takest away the sins of the gladness; my humbled bones shall rejoice.
world, accept our prayer; Turn Thy face away from my sins, and
Thou Who sittest at the right hand of blot out all mine iniquities.
God the Father, have mercy on us. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and
For Thou only art holy, Thou only art renew a right spirit within me.
Lord, O Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the
Cast me not away from Thy presence,
Father. Amen.
and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Every day/evening/night will I bless
Restore unto me the joy of Thy
Thee and praise Thy name for ever; yea
forever and ever. salvation, and with Thy governing Spirit
establish me.
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from
I shall teach transgressors Thy ways,
generation to generation.
and the ungodly shall turn back unto Thee.
I said, Lord, be merciful to me and
Deliver me from blodguiltiness, O God,
heal my soul, for I have sinned against
Thee. Thou God of my salvation; my tongue
shall rejoice in Thy righteousness.
Lord, I have fled unto Thee; teach me
O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and
to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.
my mouth shall declare Thy praise.
For with Thee is the Fountain of
For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice,
Life; in Thy light shall we see light.
I would have given it; with whole
O continue Thy mercy unto burnt offerings, Thou shalt not
those who know Thee. be pleased.
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A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit; Mary, and became man.
a broken and humbled heart God will not And He was crucified for us under
despise. Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried.
Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure And the third day He rose again, according
unto Sion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be to the Scriptures,
built. And ascended into Heaven, and sits at
Then shalt Thou be pleased with a the right hand of the Father; and He shall
sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and come again with glory to judge the living and
whole burnt offerings. the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.
Then shall they offer young bulls upon And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the
Thine altar. Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father;
Who with the Father and the Son together is
5. The Creed. worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the
I believe in one God, the Father prophets.
Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth, and of In one Holy Catholic, and Apostolic
all things visible and invisible. Church.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son I acknowledge one baptism for the
of God, remission of sins.
The Only-begotten, begotten of the I look for the resurrection of the dead,
Father before all ages. and the life of the world to come.
Light of Light; true God of true God; Amen.
begotten, not made; of one essence 6. Doxology
with the Father, by Whom all things
Glory to God in the Highest, and on
were made;
earth peace, good will towards men.
Who for us men and for our
We praise Thee. We bless Thee.
salvation came down from
We worship Thee. We glorify
Heaven, and was incarnate of
Thee. We give thanks to Thee
the Holy Spirit and the Virgin
for Thy great glory.
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