Heading to Syria

That’s one of my favorite saints, Ephrem the Syrian. I beg his holy prayers and yours as I travel to Syria over the next two weeks. I am not taking my laptop and will, most likely, not be updating the blog until my return, April 24th.

The Orthodixie Podcast will be updated with two episodes from the archives.

Here’s one now.

In the meantime …

Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, you have power over life and death. You know even things that are uncertain and obscure, and our very thoughts and feelings are not hidden from you. Cleanse me from my secret faults, and I have done wrong and you saw it. You know how weak I am, both in soul and in body. Give me strength, O Lord, in my frailty and sustain me in my sufferings. Grant me a prudent judgement, dear Lord, and let me always be mindful of your blessings. Let me retain until the end your grace that has protected me till now.

— St Ephrem of Syria


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