O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer
Photo: The Centennial Rose of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, photographed Friday when Kathy Hannigan O’Connor and I and a squad of fellow enthusiasts took an estate tour with wonderful volunteer docent Deborah Fox. The idea with this rose, she said, is that each blossom looks like a whole bouquet.