Prayer and Motto of St. Augustine

220px-sandro_botticelli_050You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised.
Great is your power, and infinite is your wisdom.
You are worthy of our praise,
though we are but a speck in your creation.
We wear our mortality,
the witness of our sin,
the evidence that you resist the proud.
Yet you are worthy of our praise.
You awaken our hearts to delight in your praise.
You made us for yourself,
and our heart is restless until it rests in you.

Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, Confessions, Book I, Chapter 1

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Note: Many published prayers attributed to Augustine contain some form of the words “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

See also “My Heart Rests in You”

This passage has similarities to Psalm 73:26 and Isaiah 26:3.

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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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