Eternal Light, shine into our hearts, Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil, Eternal Power, be our support, Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance, Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us; that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek thy face and be brought by thine infinite mercy to thy holy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Writing to Ethelhard, Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 800
Almighty God grant all go well with thee. Be an honour to the Church, follow Christ’s word, clear in thy task and careful in thy speech. Be thine an open hand, a merry heart. Christ in thy mouth, A life that all may know a lover of righteousness and compassion. Let none come to thee and go sad away. Hope of the poor, and solace to the sad, Go thou before God’s people to God’s realm, that he who follows thee may come to the stars. Sow living seeds, words that are quick with life, that faith may the harvest in human hearts. In word and example let thy light shine in the black dark like the morning star. Let not the wealth of the world nor its dominion flatter thee into silence as to truth, Nor king, nor judge, yea nor thy dearest friend muzzle thy lips from righteousness.