the true Fountain of light
and only Author of all knowledge:
deign, we beseech Thee,
to enlighten our understanding,
and to remove from us all darkness
of sin and ignorance.
Thou, who makest eloquent
the tongues of those who lack utterance,
direct our tongues,
and pour on our lips the grace of thy blessing.
Give us a diligent and obedient spirit,
quickness of apprehension,
capacity of retaining,
and the powerful assistance of Thy holy grace;
that what we hear or learn
we may apply to Thy honor
and the eternal salvation of our own souls.
Prayer before Study or Instructions