Lord our God, teach us, we beseech thee, to ask thee aright for the right blessings. Steer thou the vessel of our life toward thyself, thou tranquil Haven of all storm-tossed souls. Show us the course wherein we should go. Renew a willing spirit within us. Let thy Spirit curb our wayward senses, and guide and enable us unto that which is our true good, to keep thy laws, and in all our works evermore to rejoice in thy glorious and gladdening Presence. For thine is the glory and praise from all thy saints for ever and ever. Amen.
- Basil, 4th-century early church father