FOR the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.
WE do not know God from his essence. We know him rather from the grandeur of his creation, and from his providential care for all creatures. For through these, as though they were mirrors, we may attain insight into his infinite goodness, wisdom and power.
St Maximus the Confessor (6th century), “First Century on Love” §96, in the “Philokalia”, Vol II.
FORASMUCH, O Lord, as thou hast stored up an abyss and boundless ocean of mercy, have mercy upon them that sing hymns to thee as One threefold light, God of all things. (Twice)
O God and Lord, who, single yet of triple light, art ungrasped by the mind, singing our hymns we cry out to thee: Grant unto thy servants atonement for sins.
O VIRGIN, thou hast put forth a branch that together with the Father is without beginning, a shoot that together with him is ageless, which giveth life to all men.
Sunday of the Blind Man, Midnight Office. Original at Analogion.