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A Prayer For Knowledge And Strength

By Saint Alcuin of York


St. Alcuin was born in 735 AD and was a leading scholar during the reign of Charlemagne, an important architect of the Carolingian Renaissance. He wrote many theological works, but also grammatical ones, along with many poems. He was made Abbot of Tours in 796 AD, and was in this position until his death. This prayer of his is a classic.

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Prayer For Knowledge and Strength
Give me O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope
perfect charity.
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear
Light eternal, shine in my heart
Power eternal, deliver me from evil
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance
Might eternal, pity me
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys
St. Alcuin of York (735-804)


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