Saturday, February 14, 2015

"most truly free when we lose our wills in thine"

"O thou who hast taught us that we are most truly free when we lose our wills in thine: Help us to attain to this liberty by continual surrender unto thee; that walking in the way which thou hast prepared for us, we may find our life in doing thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord."

     Attributed to the Gelasian sacramentary.  Yet the closest prayer in the 8th-century Gelasian sacramentary that, working back from the English ("our wills", "liberty", "our life", "thy will"), I've found so far is no. 557 (=no. 945 in the Gelasian sacramentary of Angoul√™me (Paris B.N. lat 816) =no. 103 in Bruylants, =no. 1802 in Corpus orationum).  For more on that one, go here.

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