For Enlightenment


O our Lord and God,
enlighten our meditations
that we may hear and understand
your life-giving and divine commands.
Through your grace and mercy
assure us of your love, hope,
and salvation of soul and body,
and we shall sing to you
everlasting glory forever,
O Lord of all. Amen.

Source: Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles, fifth century.

Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, ed. J. Manning Potts.

From Potts’ edition:

Enlighten, O our Lord and God, the movements of our meditations to hear and understand the sweet listenings to Thy life-giving and divine commands; and grant unto us through Thy grace and mercy to gather from them the assurance of love, and hope, and salvation suitable to soul and body, and we shall sing to Thee everlasting glory without ceasing and always, O Lord of all. Amen.

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

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