Through your works, you have manifested
the eternal ordering of the world,
Lord, creator of the universe.
You remain the same throughout all generations,
just in your judgments,
admirable in power and magnificence,
full of wisdom in creating
and prudent in strengthening everything in existence.
You manifest your goodness toward all visible things
and your fidelity toward those who trust you,
for you are merciful and compassionate.
Clement of Rome c.30- 99 Bishop of Rome, the first Apostolic Father
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.