A Prayer of St Benedict (480-547)
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Gracious and holy Father,
intellect to understand you;
Painting by Botticelli Two Prayers of St Augustine (354-430)
O thou, who art the light of the minds that know thee,
the life of the souls that love thee,
and the strength of the wills that serve thee;
help us so to know thee that we may truly love thee;
so to love thee that we may fully serve thee,
whom to serve is perfect freedom.
Lord Jesus, our Saviour, let us come to you.
Lord, warm them with your selfless love.
cleanse them with your precious blood.
strengthen them with your joyous Spirit.
A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
A Song of Anselm
Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you: you are gentle with us as a mother with her children; Often you weep over our sins and our pride: tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement. You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds: in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us. Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life: by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy. Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness: through your gentleness we find comfort in fear. Your warmth gives life to the dead: your touch makes sinners righteous. Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us: in your love and tenderness remake us. In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness: for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.
Two Prayers of St Columba c.521-97
Lord Jesus, be a bright flame before us, a guiding star above us
A smooth path below us, a kindly shepherd behind us
Today, tonight and for ever.
Alone with none but thee, my God,
O King of night and day?
A prayer from Æthelwold (c 908-984)
"May God the Father bless us;