A Prayer for Grace

Daily Reading for October 1 • Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, c. 530

Hedge up my way with thorns,

that I find not the path for following vanity.

Hold thou me in with bit and bridle,

lest I fall from thee.

O Lord, compel me to come in to thee.

Two things have I required of thee, O Lord,

deny thou me not before I die;

remove far from me vanity and lies;

give me neither poverty nor riches,

feed me with food convenient for me;

lest I be full and deny thee and say, who is the Lord?

Or lest I be poor and steal,

and take the name of my God in vain.

Let me learn to abound, let me learn to suffer need,

in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

For nothing earthly, temporal, mortal, to long nor to wait.

Grant me a happy life, in piety, gravity, purity,

in all things good and fair,

in cheerfulness, in health, in credit,

in competency, in safety, in gentle estate, in quiet;

a happy death,

a deathless happiness.

May thy strong hand, O Lord, be ever my defense;

thy mercy in Christ, my salvation;

thy all-veritable word, my instructor;

the grace of thy life-bringing Spirit, my consolation

all along, and at last.

A Prayer for Grace by Lancelot Andrewes, quoted in Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality by Richard H. Schmidt (Eerdmans, 2002).

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