Feast of St. Augustine/Morning Prayer

Good Morning!

St. Augustine by Nancy Oliphant

Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, and so new. Late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you! In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made — the things which would have no being unless they existed in you! You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness. You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness. You have sent forth your fragrance, and I have breathed it in, and I long for you. I have tasted you, and I hunger and thirst for you. You have touched me, and I ardently desire your peace. Amen.
– St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions (source)

Yesterday was the feastday of St. Monica, the loving and long-suffering mother of St. Augustine, and today we remember Augustine day.

If you’ve never read Augustine’s Confessions, I highly recommend it; an eternally great and relevant spiritual classics where one finds Augustine, in his frank discussion of his randy and irreverent life, more accessible than one would think. I should probably read it again, myself.

renew in your Church
the spirit you gave Saint Augustine.
Filled with this spirit,
may we thirst for you alone as the fountain of wisdom
and seek you as the source of eternal love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
— Liturgy o/t Hours

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  • saveliberty

    Thank you for posting these, Anchoress. A dear friend just passed away on Monday and these readings and prayers help.

  • TheAnchoress

    I’m glad to hear it, and sorry for your trouble.

  • rducky123

    I love to pray these along with you, too. I’m quite new to the Daily Office (right? that’s what it’s called??), so it’s nice to have someone sort of lead me through it. Thanks for doing it, and (on an unrelated topic) thanks for the retreat. It gave me much to meditate on.

  • ViolaJ.

    Oh, Anchoress! That is one of the most beautiful prayers I have read in a while. I have never seen it before and I am going to print it out and read it daily for a time. Thanks for posting it.

    I hope you are feeling better by now. I’ve been unable to come over for a few days so I need to catch up with your blog.

    Also, you have mentioned your cafe so much now that I would like to try it myself. However, I can’t handle caffeine so do they have a good caffeine free cafe?