“O God, let me know you and love you so that I may find joy in you;
and if I cannot do so fully in this life,
let me at least make some progress every day,
until at last that knowledge, love and joy comes to me in all their plentitude.
While I am here on earth let me know you fully
let my love for you grow deeper here, so that there I my love you fully.
On earth then I shall have great joy in hope,
and in heaven complete joy in the fulfillment of my hope.
O, Lord, through your Son you command us, no, you counsel us to ask,
and you promise that you will hear us so that our joy may be complete.
Give me then what you promise to give through your Truth.
You, O God, are faithful;
grant that I may receive my request, so that my joy may be complete.”
–Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
**This prayer and many others are available in 2000 Years of Prayer, edited by Michael Counsell.