Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Lenten Poetry Wednesday

Another installment from the beautiful prayer/poem of Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov, written in a prison camp in 1940.

Glory to Thee at the hushed hour of nightfall
Glory to Thee, covering the earth with peace
Glory to Thee for the last ray of the sun as it sets
Glory to Thee for sleep's repose that restores us
Glory to Thee for Thy goodness even in the time of darkness
When all the world is hidden from our eyes
Glory to Thee for the prayers offered by a trembling soul
Glory to Thee for the pledge of our reawakening
On that glorious last day, that day which has no evening
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age


Barbara said...

What comes from the hearts and souls of our Eastern brethren is so heavenly. I wonder if I am a Greek-Russian Catholic at heart. The music and prayers are so full of attraction to me. Unfortunately, I don't live where I can attend an Eastern rite liturgy so I content myself with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite which is beautiful, too.

Dymphna said...

I agree, Barbara. I think the Eastern Church can be God's bridge between the Eastern and Western world.

Dymphna's favorite quotes

"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark

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