that wonderful and sacred mystery

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Sacramentarium Gelasianum  via wikimedia commons

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light,
   look favourably on your whole church,
   that wonderful and sacred mystery;
and by the tranquil operation of your perpetual providence,
   carry out the work of man’s salvation;
let the whole world feel and see
   that things which were cast down are being raised up,
   that those which had grown old are being made new,
   and that all things are returning to perfection;
through him from whom they took their origin,
   even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gelasian Sacramentary, 5th century, from a translation by William Bright, 1861

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His intent was that now, through the church,
   the manifold wisdom of God should be made known
   to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
   according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished
   in Christ Jesus our Lord.

One thought on “that wonderful and sacred mystery

  1. I was glad to see this Ephesians passage connected to this prayer. Here Paul is clearly spelling out the purpose of the church. It is to make known the “manifest wisdom of God”.

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