A Light Rain and An Ancient Prayer For Studying

It’s cold and cloudy this morning; beautiful weather for doing theology.  Such weather and theology are sublimely furnished by an 800 year old pre-study prayer–

Ineffable Creator . . .

You are proclaimed
the true font of light and wisdom,

and the primal origin
raised high beyond all things.

Pour forth a ray of Your brightness
into the darkened places of my mind;
disperse from my soul
the twofold darkness
into which I was born:
sin and ignorance.

You make eloquent the tongues of infants.
Refine my speech
and pour forth upon my lips
the goodness of Your blessing.

Grant to me
keenness of mind,
capacity to remember,
skill in learning,
subtlety to interpret,
and eloquence in speech.

May You
guide the beginning of my work,
direct its progress,
and bring it to completion.
You Who are true God and true Man,
Who live and reign, world without end.

Amen.

Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas depicted in stained glass
Thomas Aquinas depicted in stained glass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Allen Marshall O'Brien

Allen Marshall O’Brien is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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