Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Gelasian Sacramentary, Fifth Century Collect, (GS, 5th Century) trans. Henry Bradshaw
1 John 1:1-4 (TNIV)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
Seen, heard, touched; testify, proclaim, witness, all imply a personal knowledge. A knowledge that is deeper than mere information, more penetrating than mere awareness, and more intimate than life itself. This deep, penetrating, intimate knowledge of the very Word of Life propels us to share with others what we know. Have you seen, heard, and touched? Are you compelled to testify, proclaim and witness so that others may have what you have?
Prayer of Intercession
O consuming fire, Spirit of love, descend within us and reproduce in us, as it were, an incarnation of the Word, that each of us might be another humanity wherein he renews his mystery.
— Elizabeth of the Trinity, 1880-1906