Contents O ineffabilis decor Dei excelsi
O Indescribable Beauty of God Most High

Written by St. Bonaventure (1218-1274). This prayer appears in his writings for the Office of the Readings for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

O INEFFABILIS decor Dei excelsi et purissima claritas lucis aeternae, vita omnem vitam vivificans, lux omne lumen illuminans et conservans in splendore perpetuo multiformia lumina fulgentia, ante thronum divinitatis tuae a primaevo diluculo! O INDESCRIBABLE beauty of God most high and purest radiance of light eternal, Thou art life that gives life to all life, light that illuminates all light and preserves in perpetual splendor the myriad lights shining from the very dawn of time before Thy throne of divinity!
O AETERNUM et inaccessibile, clarum et dulce profluvium fontis absconditi ab oculis omnium mortalium, cuius amplitudo incircumscriptibilis, et cuius puritas imperturbabilis. O ETERNAL and inaccessible font, o clear and sweet spring flowing forth hidden from all mortal eyes, whose breadth and depth are unfathomable, Thy purity cannot be tainted.
EX quo fluvius procedit, qui laetificat civitatem Dei, ut in voce exsultationis et confessionis decantemus tibi cantica laudis, experientia teste probantes, quoniam apud te est fons vitae, et in lumine tuo videbimus lumen. Amen. FROM Thou procedeth the river that gladdens the city of God so that with a voice of exultation we proclaim Thy greatness and sing to Thee hymns of praise. For our experience shows that with Thee is the source of life and in Thy light we see light itself. Amen.

From the Liturgia Horarum. tr MWM.

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