Eternal Light, shine into our hearts;
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil;
Eternal Power, be our support;
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance:
That we may seek Your face
With all our heart and mind and soul and strength.
Alcuin of York (c. 735–804), had a long career as a teacher and scholar, first at the school at York and later as Charlemagne’s leading advisor on ecclesiastical and educational affairs. From 796 until his death in 804 he was abbot of the monastery of St. Martin of Tours, which he developed into a model of excellence in education.