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Early on in The Secular Gospel of Sophia, Timaeus and Sophia visit Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea. Eusebius was the first great historian of the Church, whose Ecclesiastical Histories survive and are still read. During their visit Eusebius offers a prayer which actually is attributed to Eusebius in real life. It is a kind of universal prayer, appropriate for all.

Eusebius’ Prayer

They bowed their heads and Eusebius prayed:

“Our heavenly Father. May I be no man’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides.

May I never devise evil against any man; if any devise evil against me, may I escape without the need of hurting him.

May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good.

May I wish for all men’s happiness and envy none.

When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends.

May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent.

May I reconcile friends who are wroth with one another.

May I, to the extent of my power, give all needful help to all who are in want.

May I never fail a friend in danger.

May I respect myself.

May I always keep tame that which rages within me.

May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps.

We ask these things in our own names and in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

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