TO THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS – St Nikolai of Ohrid
passion disturb my spirit, great sadness and anguish have overwhelmed my
soul. Embalm my soul with Thy Son's peace, O Most Holy One, and by His
Grace drive away every doubt and despair. Calm the storm of my sins that,
like a fiery worm, burn me, and quench its flame. Fill my heart with joy,
O Most Pure One, and disperse the fog of my iniquities before me, for it
confuses me. Illumine me with the light of Thy Son. Helpless is my soul,
and everything is cumbersome, even prayer. Here I am, cold as a stone, my
lips whispering prayers, while my heart remains immovable, for it is
smothered in anguish. Melt the ice which envelops my soul and warm my
heart with Thy love.
I rely not on human protection, but fall down before Thee, O Most Pure
Sovereign Mother of God; reject me not, but hearken unto the prayer of Thy
servant. Sadness has overcome me; I can endure the demonic attack no more.
have no protection; there is no shelter for this poor man, and in this
battle I am ever being wounded. I have no consolation, but in Thee, O Holy
Sovereign. O Hope and Protection of all who believe, reject not my prayer.
O Most Holy Mother of Christ, Most Pure, Most Blessed Theotokos, Satan is
pounding at me like the waves of the sea against a ship, pursuing me by
day and tormenting me at night. I have no peace; turbulent is my soul, my
trembles. Hearken, O Most Holy One and help me. Intercede before the dear
Lord that He may have mercy on me and forgive the sins I have committed. O
Most Holy Mother of Jesus, Thy grace is great, and the mightiest opponent
to the powers of hades. Thou art able to save even the greatest of sinners
who, having been cast into the depths of hell by unclean powers, should
call upon Thee. So too, save me, for lo, Satan will have me stumble and
will destroy my faith, but I trust in the Lord. I magnify Thee, Who art
more holy than the Cherubim and the Seraphim.