12 February 2007

From ancient texts

From the Strasbourg Papyrus

Over this sacrifice and offering we pray and beseech thee, remember thy holy and only Catholic Church, all thy peoples and all thy flocks. Provide the peace which is from heaven in all our hearts, and grant us also peace in this life.

From the Divine Liturgy of St. Mark

Through his wisdom, the Lord created the world, the heavens, and the choirs of stars. Through his loving-kindness he made us in his image and likeness. He saved us through his mercy and blessed our mortal frames with grace upon grace.

A beautiful section from a version of the Divine Liturgy of Sts. Addai and Mari

Worthy of glory from every mouth
and thanksgiving from every tongue
and praise from every heart
is the Name above all names,
the Name worthy of all worship,
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.