As requested by a number of parishioners, I have included the following from the Wisdom of Solomon.
22 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things,
The Nature of Wisdom
There is in her a spirit that is intelligent,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good,
23 beneficient, humane steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether
24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and
penetrates all things.
25For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance
26 For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
27 Although she is but one, she can do all
and while remaining in herself, she renews
in every generation she passes into holy
And makes them friends of God, and
28 for God loves nothing so much as the person
who lives with wisdom.
29 She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be
30 for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
8 She reaches mightily from one end of the earth
to the other,
and she orders all things well.