An Exact Faith

Give me grace, O Lord,
to be in all things strong, prudent and just
with a wise restraint at need.
Grant me an exact faith,
unshakeable trust in thee,
and perfect charity.
Fill me
with the spirit of intelligence and wisdom.
Let me
be always thoughtful for others
and courageous,
with loyalty and reverence.
O Light, perfect and eternal, enlighten me.

(a prayer of Alcuin of York; photo via

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