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,

  taught me.

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

  into her.

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

  all things,

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.

Wisdom of Solomon