Grant us grace, O Lord, to desire you with our whole
heart; that so desiring, we may seek and find you; and so
finding, may love you; and so loving, may hate those sins from
which you have delivered us; ...
O consuming fire, O Spirit of love, descend into the depth of
our hearts and there transform us until we are fire of your
fire, love of your love, and Christ himself is formed within
Come source of eternal Light. Come giver of eternal Life. Fill
our hearts with your love, fill our mouths with your praise
and fill our lives with your presence; now and for ever.
Symeon the New Theologian ...
God the Father, eternally mysterious, we worship you. God
the Son, eternally responding, we bless you. God the Holy
Spirit, eternally witnessing, we adore you. Holy and glorious
Trinity, three persons and one God, we magnify you, now and
Teach us, O Lord, to attempt what we fear we cannot
attain, to ascend what we fear we cannot reach and to express
what we fear we cannot utter. In adoring you whom we
cannot comprehend, teach us to celebrate ...
Lord, let us not give up your cause, nor abandon your work. Let
us not give up the fight. Let us persevere, until we see your
kingdom come and enter into your glory. Amen.
Francis Asbury (1745-1816)