Gaul has a long Christian history. As early as 197, Christians in Lyons were dying for their faith. Whatever the changing political and religious landscape in Europe might have become throughout the Middle Ages, there have always been true believers in Jesus who desired to serve him wholeheartedly. This is a prayer from the Frankish Kingdom of the 9th and 10th centuries that invites God to continue his work of sanctification in us.
O Lord, give me purity of lips, a clean and innocent heart, and rightness of action.
Give me humility, patience, abstinence, chastity, prudence, justice, courage and self-control.
Give me the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and godliness, and of your fear.
Always lead me to seek your face with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind. Let me have a contrite and humble heart in your presence— to prefer nothing to your love.
Most high, eternal, and ineffable Wisdom, drive away from me the darkness of blindness and ignorance. Most high and eternal Strength, rescue me. Most high and eternal Courage, help me. Most high and incomprehensible Light, illuminate me, Most high and infinite Mercy, have mercy on me.
Throughout This Day: Keep your thoughts fixed on God and on all he has given you in Christ, as described in this prayer and in various verses in the Scriptures.
A Collection of Prayers
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