I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From where comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who watches over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord shall protect you; the Lord is your shelter at your right hand. The sun shall not burn you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; the Lord shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and forevermore.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING
As I rise from sleep, I thank you, Holy Trinity, for because of your great goodness and patience, you were not angry with me, an idler and sinner, nor have you destroyed me in my sins, but have shown your usual love for me. And when I was prostrate in despair, you raised me to glorify with your power. Enlighten now my mind's eye, open my mouth to study your words and understand your commandments, to do your will and sing to you in heartfelt adoration, and praise your most holy name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Glory to you, King, God almighty, who through your divine and loving providence have consented that I, an unworthy sinner, should rise from sleep and obtain entrance into your holy house. Accept, Lord, the voice of my prayer as you accept those of your holy and spiritual powers; and that not through my defiled lips, but from a pure heart and humble spirit, praise may be offered to you so that I also, with the bright lamp of my soul, may become a companion of the wise virgins and glorify you, God the Word, who is glorified in the Father and the Spirit. Amen.
Blessed is God, who has mercy upon us and nourishes us from his bountiful gifts by his grace and love always, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret
Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely on Your holy will. In every hour of the day reveal Your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs . In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events let me not forget that all things are under Your care. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray Yourself in me. Amen.
Prayer of Repentance
Lord, God our Father, if during this day I have sinned in word, deed or thought, forgive me in Your goodness and love. Grant me peaceful sleep; protect me from all evil and awake me in the morning that I may glorify You, Your Son and Your Holy Spirit now and forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of St. Ephraim
O Lord and Master of my life, take away from me the will to be lazy and be sad; the desire to get ahead of other people and to boast and brag.
Give me instead, a pure and humble spirit, the will to be patient with other people, and to love them.
Grant Lord that I may realize my own mistakes, and keep me from judging the things other people do.
For You are blessed now and forever. Amen.
The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
Prayers to the Theotokos
O spotless, undefiled, unstained, chaste and pure Virgin, Lady and Bride of God! Through your wondrous birthgiving you have united God and Word with humanity; you have brought together our fallen nature and the things of heaven. You are the hope of the hopeless, the help of the assaulted, the ready protection of those who hasten to you, the refuge of all Christians.
Do not despise me, a sinner, having wholly defiled myself with unclear thoughts, words and deeds; and having become through an indolent will a slave to life's evil pleasures. But as the Mother of the loving God, show loving mercy to me, a sinner and prodigal, and accept this prayer from my impure lips.
In your maternal boldness, entreat your Son, our Master and Lord, to open to me the depths of His loving kindness; to overlook my countless transgressions; to lead me to repentance and to make me a worthy keeper of His commandments.
Since you are merciful, compassionate and loving, be my constant companion. In this life be my fervent champion and helper, repulsing the assaults of my adversaries and leading me to salvation.
Most glorious, ever-virgin and blessed Theotokos, present our prayer to your Son, and our God, and through your intercession entreat Him to save our souls.
All my hope I place in you, Theotokos; keep me in your care.
Prayer to the Holy Trinity
The Father is my hope. The Son is my refuge. The Holy Spirit is my protection. Holy Trinity, glory to You!
Christ my Lord, the Giver of light and wisdom, who opened the eyes of the blind man and transformed the fishermen into wise heralds and teachers of the gospel through the coming of the Holy Spirit, shine also in my mind the light of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Grant me discernment, understanding and wisdom in learning. Enable me to complete my assignments and to abound in every good work, for to You I give honor and glory. Amen.
Prayer Before a Task
Almighty God, our Help and Refuge, Who knows that we can do nothing right without Your guidance and help; direct me by Your wisdom and power, that I may accomplish this task and, whatever I do according to Your divine will, so that it may be beneficial to me and others and to the glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.
Prayer for a Sick Person
Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal also Your servant ( name) from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant him/her patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed. I pray that You heal Your servant (name) and grant to him/her the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Psalm 50 (51)
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinner, and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and blameless in Your judgment. Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother bear me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You. Deliver me from guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of Your deliverance. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You have no delight in sacrifice: were I to give a burnt offering, You would not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
Prayer for the Living
Lord, bless Your servants (names), and grant them health, peace, joy and the grace of Your Spirit. Fulfill their special needs, and guide them in all things with Your loving care. Amen.
Prayer for the Departed
Christ our God, give rest to the soul of your servant with the Saints, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no suffering but life everlasting.
Prayers Before Confession
God, my good and loving Lord, I acknowledge all the sins which I have committed every day in my life, whether in thought, word, or deed. I ask for forgiveness from the depths of my heart for offending You and others and repent of my old way. Help me by Your grace to change, to sin no more and to walk in the way of righteousness and to praise and glorify Your Holy Name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; The Holy Prophet Michaias (Micah); Holy Hieromartyr Marcellus, Bishop of Apameia; Holy New Martyr Symeon of Trapezoundos (1653)