Prayer of a maiden for matrimony

< O All-Good Lord, I know that on this depends my great happiness, that I love Thee with all my heart and all my soul, and fulfil Thy holy will in all things. Do Thou Thyself guide my soul, O my God, and fill my heart: I desire to please Thee alone, for Thou art my Creator and my God. Preserve me from pride and self-love; let reason, modesty, and chastity adorn me. Idleness offends Thee, and engenders vice; give me then a desire for diligence and bless my labours. Inasmuch as Thy law commands men to live in honourable matrimony, so bring me, O Holy Father, to this calling which Thou hast consecrated, not for the satisfaction of my desires, but unto the fulfillment of Thy purpose; for Thou Thyself hast said: It is not good for man to be alone, and having made woman for an help meet unto him, Thou didst bless them to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth

(Gen 1:28, 2:18) . < Hearken unto my humble prayer sent up to Thee from the depths of a maiden's heart: give me a spouse, honourable and pious, that together with him in love and concord we may glorify Thee, the Compassionate God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

From a recent Russian prayer book. Translated by Priest Geroge Lardas.





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