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Prayers of the Mystics, Part 14: John the Elder

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    From: James Bean http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ILOVEGOD Prayers of the Mystics, Part 14: John the Elder You WHO ARE HIDDEN and concealed within me, reveal
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      From: James Bean
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ILOVEGOD

      Prayers of the Mystics, Part 14: John the Elder

      You WHO ARE HIDDEN and concealed within me,
      reveal within me
      your hidden mystery;
      manifest to me
      your beauty that is within me,
      0 you who have built me
      as a temple for you to dwell in,
      cause the cloud of your glory
      to overshadow inside your temple,
      so that the ministers of your sanctuary
      may cry out, in love for you,
      'holy'
      as an utterance which burns in fire and spirit,
      in a sharp stirring which is commingled with wonder
      and astonishment,
      activated as a living movement
      by the power of your being.

      0 Christ, the ocean of our forgiveness,
      allow me to wash off
      in you the dirt I am clothed in,
      so that I may become resplendent
      in the raiment 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
      worldly impulses.
      May nothing ever separate me from your love,
      but rather may that desire,
      which is in you,
      to behold your countenance
      harrow me continually.

      -- Prayers of John the Elder, in, "The Syriac Fathers On
      Prayer And The Spiritual Life," translated from the original Syriac-
      Aramaic by Sebastian Brock, Cistercian Publications
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