Joyous feast of St. Athanasius the Great! On our prayer page we have posted a newly assembled PDF of a common Morning Prayer rule/routine. It is based on that which was given to St. Pachomius of Egypt in the fourth century by an angel, and was the rule he used at each hour of the day and night. It is a prayer routine used by monks of St. Tikhon’s Monastery in Pennsylvania, and is one that especially lends itself to memorization, able to be used when impractical to pray with a prayer book.
The corporate service of Matins (or Orthros ὄρθρος) is the original morning prayer of the Church, but this routine is able and very necessary to be prayed during quiet time in the morning with God. It takes about 30 minutes to do and makes an incredible difference in ones disposition for each coming day.
“O Lord, grant me to greet this coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon Your holy will. In every hour of the day reveal Your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, and You, Yourself, pray in me. Amen.” – Prayer from Metropolitan Philaret