He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Praying with Icons: St. Augustine of Hippo

Pray for us, St. Augustine, that we might not
fall into the sins of the flesh which so ensnare
the soul, crushing the eternally willing spirit
under the heavy anvil of weak flesh's desire;
may we conquer temporal pleasure in time.

Pray for us, holy Philosopher, that we might
seek the Truth as you did, and find it finally
after we have been freed from the old blight
of attachment to the passions, when joyfully
we proclaim Christ the Way, Truth, and Life.

Pray for us, Doctor of the Church in Africa
and defender of the Christian faith from the
manifest errors of Donatus and Mani, and a
firm voice against the perilous Arian heresy
until death, ever praying for their salvation.

Lord, we ask You who are the creator of all
good things to pour out Your infinite grace
on those You will shower with it, waterfall
of the life-giving stream which can cleanse
us of our sins so that our hearts rest in You.

Note:  The above is a picture of an icon I purchased from orthodoxmonasteryicons.com as a gift for a friend who has St. Augustine as a confirmation Saint.

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