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Common Prayers

Common Prayers

Before Divine Liturgy

O Lord, born of the Virgin, do not look upon my sins, but cleanse my heart, and make it a temple for your most pure Body and precious Blood. Do not cast me away from your presence, for you are merciful without limit. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. How can I approach and partake of your holy mysteries, for I am unworthy; and if I come to your wedding feast without the proper garment of worthiness of heart, I would but earn my condemnation. However, you, O Lord, are able to cleanse my soul and call me to the table of salvation. For You are the Lover of us all. Now and ever and forever. Amen O Mother of God, great is the number of my sins, but I hasten to you, seeking salvation; visit my soul in its weakness and pray to your Son our God to grant me the forgiveness of my evil deeds. For you alone are truly blessed.

Prayer before Receiving the Sacred Mysteries (Saint John Chrysostom)

O Lord my God, how well I know that I am unworthy that You should enter into the temple of my soul. But I pray You, as You humbled yourself and became man for our sake, now also be patient with my lowliness. As You did not refuse to enter the house of Simon and dine there with sinners, now enter the abode of my humble and sinful soul As You did not reject the sinful woman who approached and touched You, in like manner, do not reject me, a sinner, as I come to You and also touch You. Grant that I partake of Your most pure Body and precious Blood for the health of my soul and body, for the remission of my sins, for my protection against attacks of the devil, for the increase of Your divine grace, and for the inheritance of Your heavenly kingdom. I pray You, O gracious Lord, sanctify my soul and body, and make me worthy to stand at Your right with all Your saints. Amen.

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

The Trisagion (Thrice-Holy) Prayers

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. (Three times) 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen. 

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us; O Lord, cleanse us of our sins; O Master, forgive our transgressions; O Most Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for your Name's sake. 

Lord have mercy! (Three times) 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.


Communion Prayer

O Lord, I believe and profess that You are truly Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Accept me as a partaker of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, for I will not reveal Your mystery to Your enemies, nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, but like the thief I confess to You: 

Remember me, O Lord, when You come in Your kingdom.

Remember me, O Master, when You come in Your kingdom.

Remember me, O Holy One, when You come in Your kingdom. 

May the partaking of Your Holy mysteries, O Lord, be not for my judgment or condemnation, but for the healing of my soul and body. O Lord, I also believe and profess that this, which I am about to receive, is truly Your most precious body and Your life-giving blood, which, I pray, make me worthy to receive for the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen. 

O God, be merciful to me a sinner.

O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.

O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number.

The Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, spare me from the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle chatter. Instead, bestow on me, your servant, the spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love.

Yes, O Lord and King, let me see my own sins and not judge my brothers and sisters; for you are blessed forever and ever. Amen