Today is Clean Monday, the beginning of the Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church, The Eastern Church is only about a week off from the Western Church this year. Our Easter Sunday will be their Palm Sunday. I keep track of this because a part of my family has become Eastern Orthodox.
There are some meaningful and beautiful prayers associated with Eastern Orthodox Lent, the prayer of St. Ephraim and the very simple Jesus Prayer:
The Prayer of St. Ephaim the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life,
Keep from me the spirit if indifference
Lust of power, and idle chatter.
Instead, grant to me, Your servant,
The spirit of wholeness of being,
Humble-mindedness, patience, and love.
O Lord and King,
Grant me the grace to be aware of my sins
And not to judge my brother and sister,
For You are blessed,
Now and ever and forever. Amen.
The Jesus Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Below are the two prayers combined and sung.