A Spiritual Psalter
by Ephraim the Syrian
Like the apple of Thine eye preserve me, O Lord God; defend and beneath Thy
wings shelter me from temptations.
Be the guardian of the eye, that it might not look about in the manner of a
thief; be the guardian of the ear, that it might not perceive falsehood.
Be the guardian of the lips, that slander, judgement, criticism and idle words
might not come forth from them.
Be the guardian of the heart, that it might not be inclined to evil and might
not work iniquity.
Grant us O Lord, knowledge, both of what we should do and of how to set about
Grant us, O our Lord, that we may be sweeter to Thee than fragrances and
Grant us, O our Lord, that we may love Thee and hate the world. Gran us, O Lord,
to acquire Only Three rather than all transient possessions.
Grant us, O our Lord, to bring Thee three choice gifts. Grant us, O our Lord, to
burn three aromatic censers before Thee.
Grant us, O our Lord, to light for Thee three brightly burning lamps: the
spirit, the soul and the body, these three gifts from the One Trinity.
Let us dedicate the spirit to the Father, the soul to the Son and the body to
the Holy Spirit, the Spirit which will raise it again from dust.
O Father, consecrate our spirit to Thyself! O so, consecrate our soul to
Thyself! O Holy Spirit, consecrate to Thyself our body which is afflicted by
Grant us, O our Lord, to rejoice in Thee, and mayest thou rejoice in us in the
last day. To Thee is praise, from the spirit, soul and body. And unto us be Thy
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