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Mozarabic Prayer

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Ancient Mozarabic prayer (before 700 AD)

Hear us, O never-failing Light,
Lord our God, our only Light, the Fountain of Light,
the Light of your angels, thrones, dominions,
principalities, powers, and of all the beings of this world;
you have created the light of your saints,
the bright cloud of witnesses around us.

May our souls be your lamps, kindled and illumined by you.
May they shine and burn with your truth,
and never go out in darkness and ashes.
May we be your dwelling, shining from you, shining in you;
may we shine and our light never fail;
may we worship you always.
May we be kindled brightly and never extinguished.
Being filled with Christ’s splendor,
may we shine within, so that the gloom of sin is cleared away,
and the light of everlasting life abides within us. Amen.

A slightly different translation

Hear us, O never-failing Light,
Lord our God, our only Light, the Fountain of light,
the Light of Thine Angels, Principalities, Powers and of all intelligent beings;
who hast created the light of Thy Saints.

May our souls be lamps of Thine, kindled and illuminated by Thee.
May they shine and burn with the truth,
and never go out in darkness and ashes.
May we be thy house, shining from thee, shining in thee;
may we shine and fail not;
may we ever worship thee;
in thee may we be kindled and not be extinguished.
Being filled with the splendor of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
may we shine forth inwardly;
may the gloom of sins be cleared away,
and the light of perpetual faith abide within us.

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Written by John Uebersax

December 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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