Saturday, March 06, 2021

Saturday Synaxis

Grant me, sweet Christ, the grace to find--
Son of the living God!--
A small hut in a lonesome spot,
To make it my abode;
A pleasant woodland all about
To shield it from the wind,
And make a home for singing birds
Before it and behind;
A lovely church, a home for God,
Bedecked with linen fine,
Where over the white Gospel page
The Gospel candles shine;
My share of clothing and of food
From the King of fairest face,
And I to sit at times alone,
And pray in every place.
 
- stanzas from a longer poem by St Manchan of Offaly, 5th-6th centuries AD

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