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A Liturgy of Wisdom

This liturgy is an invocation of Wisdom, taken from scripture based on the Wisdom of Solomon. The text is loosely based on the NRSV. Wisdom is understood by many to be a feminine aspect of God, much neglected and supressed within the tradition. She is frequently identified with the Holy Spirit.

Welcome

(at each response a candle is lit)

Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
She is easily discerned by those who love Her,

She is found by those who seek Her.

She hastens to make Herself known to those who desire Her.
One who rises early to seek Her will have no difficulty,

She will be found sitting at the gate.

To fix one’s thoughts on Her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on Her account will soon be free from care,

She goes about seeking those worthy of Her,

She graciously appears to them in their paths,

She meets them in every thought.

Wisdom’s Teaching

(each article may be spoken by a different voice)

May we learn both what is secret and what is manifest,
for Wisdom, the fashioner of all things, teaches us:

To know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements;

The beginning and end and middle of times,

The alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons,

The cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars,

The natures of animals and the tempers of wild animals,

The powers of Spirits and the thoughts of human beings,

The varieties of plants and the virtues of roots;

Wisdom’s Nature

(a canticle)

Wisdom reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, ~
She orders all things well.

There is in Her a Spirit that is intelligent, holy, ~
unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted,

Distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, ~
irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,

All-powerful, overseeing all, ~
penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.

For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; ~
because of Her pureness She pervades and penetrates all things.

For She is a Breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; ~
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into Her.

For She is a reflection of eternal light, ~
a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.

Although She is but one, She can do all things, ~
and while remaining in Herself, She renews all things;

In every generation She passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; ~
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.

She is more beautiful than the sun, ~
and excels every constellation of the stars.

Compared with the light She is found to be superior, ~
for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

Wisdom reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, ~
She orders all things well.

Invitation

Wisdom knows the things of old, and infers the things to come;
She understands turns of speech and the solutions of riddles;
She has foreknowledge of signs and wonders
and of the outcome of seasons and times.
She glorifies Her noble birth by living with God,
and the Lord of all loves Her.
For She is an initiate in the knowledge of God,
and an associate in his works.

(silence)

I love Her and seek Her from my youth;
I desire to take Her for my bride,
and become enamoured of Her beauty.

O God of my ancestors and Lord of mercy,
who have made all things by your word,
and by your wisdom have formed humankind
give me the wisdom that sits by your throne,
Send Her forth from the holy heavens,
and from the throne of your glory send Her,
Who has learned your counsel,
unless you have given wisdom
and sent your holy Spirit from on high?

I love Her and seek Her from my youth;
I desire to take Her for my bride,
and become enamoured of Her beauty.
Amen.