Prayer to the Teacher


Be gracious, O Instructor, to us your children,
Father, Charioteer of Israel, Son and Father, both in One, O Lord.
Grant to us who obey your precepts,
that we may perfect the likeness of the image,
and with all our power know him who is the good God
and not a harsh judge.
And make all of us who live all our lives in your peace,
who have been translated into your commonwealth,
having sailed tranquilly over the waves of sin,
may be blown into calm waters by your Holy Spirit,
by the ineffable wisdom, by night and day to the perfect day.
As we give thanks, may we praise, and praising thank you alone,
Father and Son, Son and Father, the Son, Instructor and Teacher,
with the Holy Spirit, all in One, in whom is all, for whom all is One,
for whom is eternity, whose members we all are,
whose glory endures through the ages;
for the all-good, all-lovely, all-wise, all-just One.
To you be glory both now and forever. Amen.

Source: Clement of Alexandria, Second Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953



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

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