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We bring before You, O God:
The troubles and perils of people and nations,
The sighings of the sick,
The sorrows of the bereaved,
The necessities of strangers,
The helplessness of the weak,
The despondency of the weary,
The failing powers of any age.
May each of us draw as near to You
As You are near to each of us.
Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109) held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. He is called the founder of scholasticism, a movement which originally began to reconcile ancient classical philosophy with medieval Christian theology. Anselm is also famous for originating the ontological argument for the existence of God.