HE MORNING PRAYER OF FILARET,
METROPOLITAN OF MOSCOW
let me accept calmly all that this day might bring me and let me devote myself
completely to Your sacred will. Direct me and help me each hour of this day.
Control my thoughts and feelings in all my deeds and words. When unpredictable
circumstances arise, do not let me forget that everything comes from You.
me to be just towards my brother, never to provoke wrath or cause sorrow.
Control my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive
and to love.
let me be an instrument of Your peace, where there is hatred, let me spread
love, where there are insults-forgiveness, where there is discord-unity, hope
where there is despair, light where there is darkness, joy where there is
Divine Teacher, let me give, rather than receive consolation, let me understand
others, rather than be understood, let me love others, rather than be loved. For
when we forgive, we are forgiven, when we give, we receive and when we die, we
are born into eternal life.
Spirit, help me to dedicate this day to my Lord and Saviour.
Jesus, Son of God, it is better not to live than to live without You. I thank
you, God, for the gift of this day and for all the good deeds that You will help
me do today.
God, deliver me from the desire for comfort and make me worthy of denying myself
for Your sake and for my brother's sake at any moment, for that is why You have
given me life. Help me to reject anything that does not belong to You, and all
that does belong to You to accept with devout faith, hope and love.
Give me courage to serve You worthily, to place justice above profit, the realization of noble deeds above momentary pleasures, to put others before myself and to fulfil Your commandment of love. Let the light of Your beauty, goodness and love shine in my soul. Amen.