Weekly, at least, we pray “hallowed be thy name.” And yet what does it mean to name God? Or to pray that God’s name become hallow, holy? I am constantly humbled by the task of naming God: our human attempts are always falling short of naming the one in whom we live and move and have our being. And yet we try nonetheless. We try and in every attempt to name God, we draw closer to God.
This prayer—ancient and rhythmic—does just that: strives to name God. May this prayer increase your nearness to the holy name of God.
Let us pray:
Come, true light.
Come, life eternal.
Come, hidden mystery.
Come, treasure without name.
Come, reality beyond words.
Come, person beyond all understanding.
Come, rejoicing without end.
Come, light that knows no evening.
Come, unfailing expectation of the saved.
Come, raising of the fallen.
Come, resurrection of the dead.
Come, all-powerful, for unceasingly you create,
refashion and change all things by your will.
Come, invisible whom none may touch and handle.
Come, for you continue always unmoved,
yet at every instant you are wholly in movement;
you draw near to us who lie in hell,
yet you remain higher than the heavens.
Come, for your name fills our hearts with longing
and is ever on our lips;
yet who you are and what your nature is,
we cannot say or know.
Come, Alone to the alone.
Come, for you are yourself the desire that is within me.
Come, my breath and my life.
Come, the consolation of my humble soul.
Come, my joy, my glory, my endless delight.
—St. Symeon the New Theologian, Byzantine Monk, 949–1022
Tomorrow, we continue a nine week study on the Lord’s prayer: online Wednesdays at 9 a.m. We hope you will join us.