Prayer of the Optina Elders

< Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind I may face all that this new day is to bring. < Grant unto me to dedicate myself completely to Thy Holy Will. < For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things. < Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill Thy Holy Will. < Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say. < When things unforeseen occur , let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee. < Teach me to behave sincerely and rationally toward every member of my family, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to none. < Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day, and to bear my part in all its passing events. < Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love.


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