Traditional Prayers for Anglican Catholics
         
         
   

Pilgrimage to glory

O Lord,
may I arrive where means of grace cease,
and I need no more to fast, pray, weep, watch, be tempted,
attend preaching and sacrament;
where nothing defiles,
where is no grief, sorrow, sin,
death, separation, tears,
pale face, languid body, aching joints,
feeble infancy, decrepit age,
peccant humours, pining sickness,
griping fears, consuming cares;
where is personal completeness;
where the more perfect the sight
the more beautiful the object,
the more perfect the appetite
the sweeter the food,
the more musical the ear
the more pleasant the melody,
the more complete the soul
the more happy its joys,
where is full knowledge of thee.
Bring me to that heavenly realm
where I shall be near thee,
dwell with thy family,
stand in thy presence,
as an heir of thy kingdom,
in oneness with him who is one with thee,
and exercise all my powers of body and soul
in the enjoyment of thee.
As praise in the song of thy saints is beautiful,
so teach me to exercise this divine gift,
when I pray, read, hear, see, do,
in the presence of people and of my enemies,
as I hope to praise thee eternally hereafter. Amen.

Puritan Prayer, ed Arthur Bennett