Sunday Lesson: The Hours During Lent

 

Always, during every hour we pray:

 

The Prayer of the Hours: Thou who at all times and in every hour, both in heaven and on earth art worshiped and glorified, O Christ God; long-suffering, great in mercy and goodness of heart; Who lovest the righteous and hast mercy on sinners; Who callest all men to salvation through the tidings of good things to come; do Thou, the same Lord, receive also our prayers at this hour; direct our lives in Thy commandments, sanctify our souls; cleanse our bodies; direct our thoughts, cleanse our minds, and deliver us from every tribulation, wickedness, and affliction; encompass us by Thy holy angels, that guarded and guided by their host, we may become worthy of the unity of the Faith and of the understanding of Thine unapproachable glory, for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

 

During Great Lent there are many additional prayers within the watches of the Hours. Among them are prayers signifying the meaning of each Hour:

 

The Third: O Lord, Who at the third hour didst send down Thine All-holy Spirit upon Thy disciples and apostles: Take not Him away from us, O good One, but renew Him in us who pray to Thee. (prostration)

 

Verse: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

 

The Sixth: Thou Who on the sixth day and at the sixth hour didst nail to the Cross the sin that Adam dared to commit in Paradise: Rend also the handwriting against us, O Christ our God, and save us. (prostration)

 

Verse: Give ear, O God, unto my prayer, and disdain not my supplication.

 

The Ninth: O thou, who at the ninth hour, for our sake didst taste of death in the flesh, mortify the presumption of our flesh, O Christ God, and save us. (prostration)

Verse: Let my prayer come nigh before thee, O Lord; give me understanding, according to thy word.

 

 

And always during Great Lent, we pray:

 

Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

 

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk. (prostration)

 

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant. (prostration)

 

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen.  (prostration)

 

O God, be gracious unto me, a sinner. (12x, making a bow each time)

 

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk.  But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.  Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen.  (prostration)