Prayer Before Reading Scripture

Father of Christ, all-seeing, hear our prayers;
Look kindly on your servant’s solemn song.
He turns his footsteps down a godly path,
Who knows, while living, the ingenerate God,
And Christ, the king who bans all mortal ills.
Once, out of pity for our hard-pressed race,
Freely conforming to the Father’s will,
He changed his form, taking our mortal frame
Though he was God immortal, freeing us all
From Tartarus’s bondage by his blood.
Come now, refresh this soul of yours with words—
Pure, godly sayings from this sacred book;
Gaze here upon the servants of your Truth
Proclaiming life in voices echoing heaven!

St Gregory the Theologian. Translation by Brian Daley (Gregory of Nazianzus, 168-169)

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2 Responses to Prayer Before Reading Scripture

  1. Nick Norelli says:

    What a wonderful prayer! You may or may not remember, but our dear friend Esteban posted the very same one at the beginning of this year, and it was just as beautiful then as it is now.

  2. This, my friend, merely proves that, of the three of us, all have good taste, though perhaps not all have the most excellent memory.

    It is indeed beautiful, and sharp!

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