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

Prayer of Philaret – Metropolitan of Moscow – 1782-1867
My Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee.
Thou and Thou alone knowest my needs.
Thou lovest me more than I am able to love Thee.
O Father, grant unto me, Thy servant, all which I cannot ask.
For a cross I dare not ask, nor for consolation;
I dare only to stand in Thy presence.
My heart is open to Thee.
Thou seest my needs of which I myself am unaware.
Behold and lift me up!
In Thy presence I stand,
awed and silenced by Thy will and Thy judgments,
into which my mind cannot penetrate.
To Thee I offer myself as a sacrifice.
No other desire is mine but to fulfill Thy will.
Teach me how to pray.
Do Thyself pray within me.

The Nicene Creed – (The Creed of our Faith)
I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.
Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made; consubstantial with the Father, by Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures.
And He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who spoke through the prophets.
In One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I profess one baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life in the world to come.

St Philaret’s Morning Prayer
Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely on Your holy will. Reveal Your will to me every hour of the day. Bless my dealings with all people. 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 all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unexpected events, let me not forget that all are sent by you. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the physical strength to bear the labours of this day. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray in me. Amen.

– St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow (1782-1867)

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