- PRAYERS FOUND IN "THE SYRIAC FATHERS ON PRAYER AND THE SPIRITUAL
LIFE," TRANSLATED FROM SYRIAC-ARAMAIC BY SEBASTIAN BROCK, CISTERCIAN
From a section titled, "Prayers of the Mystics," 350 -- 675 A.D.
Direct the course of our lives, Lord,
straight towards you,
so that in you we may reach you,
and so that in you we may find you.
Make us worthy to attain to you,
and let us behold nothing beside you.
Hide everything from our mind's vision
by means of the manifestation of your glorious Light.
For whoever gazes upon you
does not need to look upon anything else;
but whoever does not gaze upon you
is in need of all kinds of other sources of illumination
in order to be able to see.
Praise to you
for you are the Light,
and in you our souls have illumination.
You illumine all
with knowledge of yourself
Draw back the veil of falsehood from our souls
so that we can see your Light clearly,
for our minds are not totally dark
owing to love of you.
- O Christ, the ocean of our forgiveness,
allow me to wash off
the dirt I am clothed in,
so that I may become resplendent
in the rainment of your Holy Light.
May I be covered with the cloud of your hidden glory,
full of secret Mysteries.
May the things which divert me
from gazing upon your beauty
not be visible to me.
May wonder at your glory
captivate me continually,
may my mind become unable to set in motion
May nothing ever separate me from your love,
but rather may that desire,
which is in you,
to behold your countenance
harrow me continually.
"The Syriac Fathers On Prayer and the Spiritual Life," translated
from the original Syriac-Aramaic by Sebastian Brock of Oxford,