Most exalted Trinity,
divinity above all knowledge,
whose goodness passes understanding,
who guides Christians to divine wisdom;
direct our way to the summit of your mystical oracles,
most lucid and most exalted,
where the simple and pure and unchangeable mysteries of theology are revealed in the darkness,
clearer than light;
a darkness that shines brighter than light,
that invisibly and intangibly illuminates
with splendors of inconceivable beauty the soul that sees not.
Let this be my prayer.
– Pseudo Dionsysius
O Lord and Master of my life,
take from me the spirit of sloth,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own transgressions,
and not to judge my brother,
for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages.
– St. Ephrem
O everlasting essence of things beyond space and time, and yet within them; you transcend yet pervade all things: manifest yourself to us, who feel after you, seeking you in the shadows of our ignorance. Stretch forth your hand to help us, for we cannot come to you without your aid. Reveal yourself to us for we seek nothing but you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
– John Eriugena the Scot
Lord God, let us keep your Scriptures in mind
and meditate on them day and night,
persevering in prayer, always on watch.
We beg you, Lord, to give us real knowledge of what we read,
and to show us not only how to understand it,
but how to put it into practice,
and to obtain spiritual gifts
enlightened by the teaching of the Holy Spirit,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
whose power and glory will endure throughout all ages.
May we all live in the peace that comes from You. May we journey towards Your city, sailing through the waters of sin untouched by the waves, borne tranquilly along by the Holy Spirit, Your Wisdom beyond all telling. Night and day until the last day of all, may our praises give You thanks, our thanksgiving praise You: You who alone are both Father and Son, Son and Father, the Son who is our Tutor and our Teacher, together with the Holy Spirit.
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
By You Most High, they will be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.
– St Francis
God the Father,
source of everything Divine,
You are good
surpassing everything good
and just surpassing everything just.
In You is tranquility,
as well as peace and harmony.
Heal our divisions
and restore us to the unity of love,
which is similar to Your Divine nature.
Let the bond of love
and the ties of Divine affection
make us one in the Spirit by your peace
which renders everything peaceful.
We ask this through the grace, mercy,
and compassion of Your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Saint Dionysius