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The Paradise of the Desert Fathers

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The following are excerpts from what is widely known in the [[Coptic]] Church as "bustan al-rohbaan" (The Monks' Garden), also referred to in English as the "Paradise of the Desert Fathers". Bustan al-rohbann is not a single book, rather it is a collection of sayings and accounts written by and about the [[Desert Fathers]] of Egypt. The excerpts presented here are adopted from an abbreviated book edited by Dr. Benedicta Ward.
-- W. H. Auden
=='''A prayer from the desert=='''
Lord Jesus Christ, whose will all things obey: pardon what I have done and grant that I, a sinner, may sin no more.
Lord, I believe that though I do not deserve it, you can cleanse me from all my sins.

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