This week is Cheesefare Week (when the eating of meat is forbidden but the eating of dairy products is still allowed). Next week, after Forgiveness Vespers (actually there is a specific liturgical point in the Vespers service when) Holy and Great Lent begins. During Lent, every weekday, the Prayer of St. Ephraim is prayed. Orthodox anticipate this daily Lenten praying of St. Ephraim’s prayer by praying it this week on Wednesday (today) and Friday. (Click here for a pdf file with printable cards of the Prayer of St. Ephraim.)
Orthodox priest, Fr. Joseph has once again posted his commentary on St. Ephraim’s prayer: O Lord & Master of My Life …. Give it a good going over.
Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s commentary on the prayer is also available online.
And while you’re at it, go check out the Saint Ephrem the Syrian Library.
St. Ephraim’s feast day is 28 January.