10 November 2011

We Praise and Thank You

We praise and thank You, O God, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, that You have enlightened us by revealing the Light that never fades.  Night is falling and day's allotted span draws to a close.  The daylight which You created for our pleasure has fully satisfied us, and yet, of Your free gift, the evening lights do not fail us.  We praise You and glorify You through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord; through Him be glory, honor, and power to You in the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.  Amen. (LSB Altar Book, p. 337)


Chris said...

Is this the prayer of Compline. It sounds eerily close to Te Lucis Ante Terminum.

As the days now grow shorter, in the EO tradition, we call this period the, aptly named, "Dark Season." It's particularly great when you chant the Vespers hymn Phos Ilarion when you know that it is dark outside but the church is illumined.

William Weedon said...

No, it's a prayer for the Service of Light that starts Evening Prayer. There are three of them; one modern and two ancient ones. This is the second choice, and comes from the Apostolic Constitutions.