Sophrony was a famous saint in the Orthodox Church. He inspired this one some years ago. The last line speaks to me.

I AM That I AM

—Exodus 3:14, John 8:58. Inspired by Archimandrite Sophrony.


O Holy Spirit, all-powerful God,

You pressed within us Your divine image.

You planted in us as a seed from a pod

And watered our ground to sprout Your lineage.

Inscrutable goodness: purify all

From presumption of thoughts, and lapse of flesh.

Incorruptible peace, at day, nightfall:

We need a teacher to lead us afresh.

Our shadowy hearts peer out in twilight.

“I AM the light of the world.” Shine anew

In us and like the daybreak sun, ignite!

While given to all, those who see are few.

Impel in us, invincible power,

A cross of love from hour to hour.