Morning Prayer

Icon of Christ Pantocrator with Vigil Lamp

Icon of Christ Pantocrator with Vigil Lamp

“O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace…” Several online sources suggest that this prayer, commonly known as the Morning Prayer of St. Philaret, was originally written by French Roman Catholic Archbishop François Fénelon, but I have yet to find definitive documentation of this attribution. It is plausible, though, and Fénelon’s prayer may even be connected to the well-known “Prayer of St. Francis” (or it may not). The Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders is nearly identical, and the comments on that version of the prayer at Fr. Stephen Freeman’s “Glory to God for All Things” are illuminating (how typical!).

In any case, here I present the version used and popularized in Orthodoxy by St. Philaret of Moscow:

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace.
Help me in all things to rely upon Thy holy Will.
In every hour of the day, reveal Thy will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with firm conviction that Thy will governs all.
In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by Thee.
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 Thou Thyself in me.

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