7 May 2010

Mary's Month of May (4)

The conclusion of S Gregory's sermon.
Therefore, O sovereign Mistress, give to all thy people, this thine inheritance, a rich share of thy mercy and of thy graces. Grant release from the dread things which constrain them. Thou seest how many and how various are the things that oppress us, at home and abroad, without and within. By thy power turn all things to the better; making gentler towards each other those within, who are of the same race, while driving away those who rush in upon from outside us like wild beasts. Weigh out to our passions thy help and healing, distributing both to souls and bodies the abundant grace, sufficient for all matters. And if we make no progress, make us the more to progress, and so deal out thy grace that, saved and empowered by it, we may glorify the Word, enfleshed from thee for us yet older than the ages, with his uncaused (anarcho) Father and the livemaking Spirit, now and for ever and unto the unending ages. Amen.

1 comment:

Andrew Malton said...

Father, I enjoyed reading your translation out loud, especially the shifting accents on "progress" :-)

St Gregory says our inner oppressors are "of the same race". Does St Gregory mean the inner attack originates in our human nature (whereas the outer is diabolical)? I imagine a defended fortress threatened by both attack and treachery.