28 Feb

For Lent let me offer this: A few years back, when we taught Sunday School, we found that the kids, not only did not understand the archaic Greek used in the services, but given bad pseudo-King James translations, and their own cultural vocabulary, they did not understand even the English. So Martha set out to “translate” a few important prayers into an idiom they could better grasp. Below is her rendition of the Lenten Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian:

The Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian

Turn me away from boredom, laziness, competition and gossip,

Instead, get me interested in being thoughtful, sympathetic, reasonable, and generous,

Yes, let me see my own self clearly without being upset, and keep from punishing other people, because they’re not living up to Your ideals, but neither am I. You, God are holy forever. (via Geoffrey Deacon)

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