- Aug 2, 2001PRAYERS 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.
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