My True Father,
I set my hopes upon You alone,
And I only ask You, God,
For my Soul salvation.

Let Your Holy Will
Be my strengthening on this way,
For my life without You is a mere empty moment,
And only serving You leads to Eternal life.


prayer for the soul - st. agapit of pechersk - 11th century
A parchment with this Ukrainian prayer was found at the beginning of the 1990's, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when numerous pieces of historical information became known to the public. Throughout the previous centuries this prayer was kept in secret by the monks of Kievo-Pecherska Lavra in Kyiv, Ukraine.