St Michael & All Angels Parish Church,
Prayer Of The Month
Phos Hilaron (Song of the Light)
This ancient Christian prayer-hymn, dating from the 3rd century or even earlier, was sung at the lighting of the lamps at evening time.
The prayer is addressed to Jesus Christ, the 'Light of the World', who reveals to us the glory of God the Father.
(The second translation is by the 18th century poet John Keble.)
As we come to the setting of the sun
Worthy are you at all times
- or -
Hail, gladdening Light, of his pure glory poured,
Now we are come to the sun's hour of rest,
Worthiest art thou at all times to be sung
To think about.....
In earlier times people's lives were ordered by the cycle of light and darkness - day and night, summer and winter. Do you think that we have lost this sense of rhythm in our lives today? If so, how can we recover it? Do we want to?
John Keble speaks of the 'gladdening Light' of Jesus Christ. Can you identify with this kind of experience in your own life?
If you have a candle available, why not try saying this prayer as you light it and then spending a few moments contemplating the beauty (glory) of the candle flame?
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