Anchorite Prayer


An anchorite, “one who has retired from the world,” is someone who, for religious reasons, withdraws from secular society so as to be able to lead an intensely prayer-oriented life. The anchoritic life was one of the earliest forms of Christian monasticism. The anchoritic life became widespread during the early and high Middle Ages.

One Journey Quotations

Anchorite Prayers and Quotes…

Sublime me,
Master Alchemist,
Again, again
And yet again
In the cracked
And sooty retort
Of my own unwilling

In your cruel,
Impartial fires
Bone and brain
All vain desires,
Vanity and inward blight
Refine. Reform me
Free of what obscures your

Make this vessel be
So to embrace,
Transmit and focus
Your life-searing energy
That so careless flows
To and through
Me. Amen.

Anchorite Prayer (circa 250)