that you might enlighten all

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O glorious, holy, almighty God,
   you always pity the many wanderings of humanity,
 and for this reason, you guided the Magi,
   who lived in a land of dark superstition,
   to your sacred cradle by the light of a star,
 that you might enlighten all
   who were walking in their own errors
   with the desire of knowing you.
Enlighten us also with burning love for you,
   that we who already know you
   by your gracious illumination,
   may cling to you forever.

Mozarabic Sacramentary, The New Ancient Collects, revised by Paul Stratman
from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers by Dr. William Bright

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Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
    and thick darkness the peoples;
 but the Lord will arise upon you,
    and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your rising.

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