(Painting: "Allegory of Salvation and Sin," by Hans Vredeman de Vries, 1596)
Helper of men who turn to you, Light of men in the dark, Creator of all that grows from seed, Promoter of spiritual growth: have mercy, Lord, on me, and make me a temple fit for yourself. Do not scan my transgressions too closely, for if you are quick to notice my offences, I shall not dare to appear before you. In your great mercy, in your boundless compassion, wash away my sins, through Jesus Christ, your only Son, the truly holy. Through him may all glory be given you, all power and honor and praise, throughout the unending succession of ages. Amen.
- by an anonymous 3rd or 4th-century Christian from Egypt