Morning Prayer


I have been told by a Catolic that this prayer, which is last of morning prayers prayed by Orthodox Christians each morning, has very helpful message. It is a prayer - in several forms now - from the famous Monastery called the Optina Pustyn’, or Optina hermitage.
The elders старцы would be very holy monks - if you have read Brothers Karamazovi by Dostojevskij you will know Elder Zosima. The elders of Optina pustin’ are for all Orthodox like eLDER Zosima was to Aljosha Karamazov.

Here is prayer:

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.


I’ve just started getting into Russian literature. I’m currently reading ‘Crime and Punishment’, but ‘Brothers Karamazov’ is next on my list for sure.

It’s a beautiful and very appropriate prayer to start the day with. Thank you.


Wow, that’s an excellent prayer. Thanks for sharing it!

It hits the nail on the head for most of the common spiritual pitfalls I encounter almost daily.


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