This morning I thought I’d offer a prayer that comes from a second century liturgy known as the “Addai and Mari”.
Leader: Peace be with you.
People: And with you and your spirit.
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit e with us all now and ever world without end.
Priest: Up with your minds.
People: They are with you, O God.
Priest: Worthy of glory from every mouth and thanksgiving from every tongue is the adorable and glorious name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He created the world through his grace and its inhabitants in his compassion; he saved men through his mercy, and gave great grace to mortals.
Your majesty, O Lord, a thousand heavenly beings adore; myriad myriads of angels, and ranks of spiritual beings, minister of fire and spirit, together with the holy cherubim and seraphim, glorify your name, crying out and glorifying, unceasingly calling to one another and saying):
People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty; heaven and earth are full of his praises.