Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ancient prayer put to song

From Alcuin, 8th century, comes this prayer. Read about him here

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 upon us, that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

—Alcuin, 8th cent.

We sang this Christopher Idle hymn setting of this prayer. We used a new tune by Brian Murphy, retrieved from
Red Mountain Music

This is a particularly appropriate hymn before the preaching of God's Word.

Eternal light shine in my heart
Eternal hope lift up my eyes
Eternal power be my support
Eternal wisdom make me wise

Eternal life raise me from death
Eternal brightness help me see
Eternal Spirit give me breath
Eternal Savior come to me —

until by your most costly grace
invited by your holy Word
at last I come before your face
to know you, my eternal God

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