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#1 Christophoros


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 04:56 PM

Before turning on the computer, make three bows, kiss the holy icons, and say:


O Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Saviour, through the prayers of Thy Most Pure Mother and of my Patron Saint and Guardian Angel, preserve me from all sinful pleasures in all my senses; help me not to look at evil and impure images that will harm my soul and separate me from Thee; help me to cut off the desire to indulge in unchaste activity; and help me rather to do work that is productive and pleasing to Thee and to Thy Church, that I may glorify Thee, together with Thine Unoriginate Father and the Most Holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


Composed by Abbot Damascene of St. Herman Monastery and published in “Canon to our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt, Humble Victor over Carnal Passions”, page 31, St. Paisius Monastery, 2014. As published, the petition "and St. Mary of Egypt" was added in brackets after “and Guardian Angel.”

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 07:29 PM

I have no doubt that this matter is widespread though only confessors will know; I heard one priest say that 75% of sins he heard in confession were about such sins. Let us first say that there is nothing new about this but only the means to sin carnally - to ‘commit the oldest sins in the newest kinds of ways’ as Shakespeare put it. We should recall St Mary of Egypt. In our own times, great ascetic elders on the Holy Mountain were attacked by carnal desire, not least Elder Joseph the Hesychast and Elder Sophrony (Sakharov). If such as these saintly elders were so afflicted, we may ask, what hope have we of victory?

As Elder Sophrony wrote, the devil makes war on us, exploiting our nature with the desire for human love [meaning carnal love]. He wrote, ‘we should fall to the ground and beseech God, as did St Mary of Egypt, that in His mercy He may permit us to know His divine love, instead of that carnal, human love’.

We may turn this into a prayer:
I beseech Thee, O merciful God: in Thy mercy, permit me to know Thy divine love, instead of carnal, human love.

Elder Sophrony said to pray like this until the desire is extinguished. He added, ‘there is no need to ask for anything more, lest we fall into temptation or delusion’. In other words, the shorter the prayer, the better.

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