One of three great theologians to arise in Cappadocia (central Turkey) during the fourth century, Gregory of Nyssa, along with his brother Basil the Great and his friend Gregory of Nazianzus, was one of the leading theologians in the years following the Council of Nicea. Though his writings have not been as influential as his two counterparts, he is best known for his work on the Trinity, salvation, anthropology, and the infinite mystery of God.
Gregory died sometime around 395 AD and his feast day is traditionally celebrated on January 10. So, in his memory, today’s prayer comes from him.
Lord, from You flows true and continual kindness.
You had cast us off and justly so,
but in Your mercy You forgave us.
You were at odds with us,
and You reconciled us.
You had set a curse on us,
and You blessed us.
You had banished us from the garden,
and You called us back again.
You took away the fig leaves
that had been an unsuitable garment,
and You clothed us in a cloak of great value.
You flung wide the prison gates,
and You gave the condemned a pardon.
You sprinkled clean water on us,
and You washed away the dirt.