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A Prayer to the God of Fountains Filled with Light – by Boethius

December 6, 2011

O God, whose reason rules the world,
Who formed the starry heights above,
Timeless, time’s chain far forth you hurled,
Unmoved, gave all things power to move.
Prevailed on by no outside cause
To fashion all reality;
Ideas of love and mental laws
moulded the noble world we see.
Your nature perfect beauty, thus
You made the world in tenderness
With sights and sounds to conjure us
To love the source of loveliness.
You named the primal elements
Of earth and water, air and fire,
And balanced out their influence
That none might lower be or higher.
O Father, give me power to climb
And wash in fountains filled with light,
Weighed down no more by things of time,
Lit by your shining in the night.
The sight of you begins our day,
With you its evening we shall spend;
You carry us, and lead the way,
The journey, and the journey’s end.

(Boethius, 480?-524/5)

This has quickly become one of my favourite prayers! I found it in Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Preparing Room: A Compilation of Scriptures, Meditations and Prayers (2010), p. 15. The Reverend Dr. Levenson is the Rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where Annette Pingot and Murray Sykes are on loan from St. Paul’s. Huge thanks to Annette and Murray for giving this book to me as a gift last year! At the top of this posting is an image of the central region of the Milky Way that uses infrared and X-ray light to see through the obscuring dust and show the intense activity near the galactic core. Released in November 2009, it combines pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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