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A Song of Pilgrimage

I recently came across this canticle in the Episcopal Church liturgy resource "Enriching Our Worship."

It's called A Song of Pilgrimage so of course it made me think of labyrinth journeys ... however, I think it speaks beautifully to any spiritual practice which is part of our pilgrimage towards our understanding of and relationship with the Divine.

Try this canticle as a closing to any spiritual practice - but especially your labyrinth experiences - as a way to meditate on the intention of your practice.

A Song of Pilgrimage {Priusquam errarem}

Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16,20b-22

Before I ventured forth,

even while I was very young, *

I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.

In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, *

and I will seek her to the end.

From first blossom to early fruit, *

she has been the delight of my heart.

My foot has kept firmly to the true path, *

diligently from my youth have I pursued her.

I inclined my ear a little and received her; *

I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.

To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, *

for I have resolved to live according to her way.

From the beginning I gained courage from her, *

therefore I will not be forsaken.

In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her, *

therefore have I gained a good possession.

As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language, *

and with it will I offer praise to God.


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