Saint Anselm of Canterbury was one of the greatest figures of the medieval church. Philosopher, theologian, monk, and churchman, Anselm influenced the course of the Western church in many ways, most notably through his reflections on the relationship between the incarnation and the atonement.
Anselm died on April 21, 1109 after serving as the Archbishop of Canterbury for sixteen years. In memory of his life and service, today’s prayer comes from him.
God of truth
I ask that I may receive,
so that my joy may be full.
Meanwhile, let my mind meditate on it,
let my tongue speak of it,
let my heart love it,
let my mouth preach it,
my flesh thirst for it,
and my whole being desire it,
until I enter into the joy of my Lord,
who is God one and triune, blessed forever.