Sunday, September 13, 2009

Beautiful ancient Celtic prayer by St Columba

I was away on retreat this weekend and as part of the monastic rhythm of my local retreat house, you can join in praying the Divine Office at various points in the day. Today, during the Vigil Office, I came across this lovely ancient Celtic prayer by St Columba:

Kindle in our hearts, O God,
the flame of that love which never ceases,
that it may burn in us, giving light to others.
May we shine for ever in your temple,
set on fire with your eternal light,
even your Son Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and our Redeemer.

Columba (597)

(Taken from the Vigil Office, 'Common Worship Daily Prayer', Church House Publishing.)

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