Shine Into Our Hearts

Eternal Light, shine into our hearts;
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil;
Eternal Power, be our support;
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance;
Eternal Pity, have mercy on us—
So that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy into your holy presence,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(a prayer of Alcuin of York; photo via

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