Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders

The Elders of Optina Monastery

O Lord, grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility. Grant that I may fully surrender myself to Thy holy Will.

At every hour of this day, direct and support me in all things. Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of the day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to Thy holy Will.

Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions. In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down from Thee.

Grant that I may deal straightforwardly and wisely with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.

O Lord, grant me the strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love.

Amen.

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2 Responses to “Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders”


  1. 1 Eric November 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Is this the same prayer – or a version of the same prayer – that is contained in the Orthodox Study Bible in the Section for Morning Prayers, called “Prayer for the Beginning of the Day”?


  1. 1 Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders « Sowing Seeds of Orthodoxy Trackback on November 14, 2011 at 2:13 am

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