O Thou great fountain of light, life and love, whose scattered seeds we are here on earth, thanks be that we are ever growing to resemble thee more closely. May we continue to change, and flourish and grow as we stand within thy glorious garden, and prosper thou, we pray, whatever further efforts we must make in thy divine direction. O changeless one who changest all, O motionless mover of all worlds; change, move, and transform us now and evermore in Light.
The lesson is taken from the Hymn of the Robe of Glory:
When I was a little child and lived in my Kingdom, my Father's house and in the riches and glories of my parents took my delight, from the East, our homeland, my parents provided me and sent me forth, and from the wealth of our treasury they had given me a bundle. Then they girded me with adamant which was stronger than iron, and stripped me of the brightness which in their love they had made for me, and my radiant mantle. Then they wrote in my heart that it be not forgotten: 'If thou goest down to Egypt and bringest the one pearl kept there in the midst of the sea that contains the roaring serpent, thou shalt resume thy brightness and thy mantle laid over it, and with thy brother, our Viceroy, thou shalt be heir in our Kingdom.
The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
When the pearl is cast down in the mud it does not become dishonored the more, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil will it become more precious. But it has its worth in the eyes of its owner at all times. So with the sons of God wherever they may be. For they have the value in the eyes of their Father.