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Brigid Liturgy Feb 1st

Brigid – in welcoming  A Call to Recklessness

You will find that the prayers take you round the house, beginning:
AT THE DOORWAY, then in the LIVING ROOM. Next you move to the KITCHEN. There is a blessing to use in each BEDROOM, but special blessings to use as well in a single person’s room, a couple’s room, or a guest-room, in a child’s room, or the room of an older son or daughter. Read them carefully beforehand and decide which will be appropriate. Finally you pray a blessing AT THE DOOR or at any place where a cross or Brigid’s cross may be.
The householder reads the parts in ordinary type, and everyone reads parts in bold type.
 
At the Doorway
May God give His blessing to the house that is here.
God bless this house from roof to floor, from wall to wall,
from end to end, from its foundation and in its covering.
In the strong name of the Triune God
all evil be banished, all disturbance cease,
captive spirits freed, God’s Spirit alone dwell within these walls.

We call upon the Sacred Three  to save, shield and surround
this house, this home, this day, this night and every night.

In the Living Room
There is a friend’s love in the gentle heart of the Saviour.
For love of Him we offer friendship and welcome every guest.
Lord, kindle in my heart a flame of love to my neighbour,
to my enemies, my friends, my kindred all,
from the lowliest thing that liveth to the name that is highest of all.
At a Warm Place
Come to a warm place in this house, come in the name of Christ.
My heart and I agree, welcome in the name of the Lord
There is a fiery power in the gentle heart of the Spirit.
Our hearts are agreed as we kneel by the hearth,
and call on the Sacred Three
to save, shield and surround us and our kin,
this house, this home, this day, this night and every night, each single night.

In the Kitchen
I would welcome the poor and honour them.
I would welcome the sick in the presence of angels
and ask God to bless and embrace us all.
Seeing a stranger approach  I would put food in the eating place,
drink in the drinking place, music in the listening place,
and look with joy for the blessing of God,
who often comes to my home in the blessing of a stranger.

We call upon the Sacred Three to save, shield and surround
this house, this home, this day, this night, and every night.

Bedrooms
Peace be here in the Name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace, the Lord’s blessing over you.

For the bedroom of a single person:
Peace be here in the name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace, the Lord’s blessing over you.

May God the Father be the guardian of this place and bring His peace,
that fear may find no entry here. May Christ be a chosen companion and friend.
May loneliness be banished. May the Spirit bring lightness and laughter,
and be the comforter of tears.
Courage be at each going out; rest be present at each return,
each day, each night, each going out and each returning.

For the bedroom of a married couple:
Peace be here in the Name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace, the Lord’s blessing over you.

Peace between person and person,
Peace between husband and wife.
The peace of Christ above all peace,
Peace between lovers in love of the King of life.

For a guest room:
Peace be here in the Name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace, the Lord’s blessing over you.

May all be welcomed here as the Christ-child at the stable in simplicity and joy,
and as Brigid welcomed the poor.
May the smile of the Son of Peace be found here whenever the door is opened.

In the room of a young child (said by Parent if possible):
Peace be here in the Name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace, the Lord’s blessing over you.
They say nothing is given birth without pain.
I have a secret joy in Thee, my God.
For, if Thou art my Father, Thou art my Mother too.
And of Thy tenderness, healing and patience there is no end at all
I pray for (Name).
(Name), may the joy and peace of heaven be with you.
The Lord bless you.

In the room of an older son or daughter present or absent (said by Parent):
Peace be here in the Name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace, the Lord’s blessing over you.

Son of my breast…   or  Daughter of my heart…
the joy of God be in thy face, joy to all who see thee.
The circle of God around thee, angels of God shielding thee, angels of God shielding thee
Joy of night and day be thine; joy of sun and moon be thine; joy of men and women be thine.
Each land and sea thou goest, each land and sea thou goest.
Be every season happy for thee; be every season bright for thee; be every season glad for thee.
Be thine the compassing of the God of life; be thine the compassing of the Christ of love;
be thine the compassing of the Spirit of Grace: to befriend thee and to aid thee,
(Name), thou beloved son of my breast. or (Name),  thou beloved daughter of my heart.

At the Door (or At a Cross)
Christ in our coming, and in our leaving
the Door and the Keeper, for us and our dear ones,
this day and every day blessing for always.Amen
 
Alternative BRIGID HOUSE BLESSING for Place of Work
AT THE DOORWAY
May God give his blessing on this place.
God bless this dwelling from roof to floor, from wall to wall, from end to end,
from its foundation and in its covering.
 In the strong name of the Triune God
all evil be banished, all disturbance cease, woundings be healed.
God’s Spirit alone dwell within these walls.
We call upon the Sacred Three to save, shield and surround
this house, this place of work, its worship and witness this day, and every day.
 
IN THE ENTRANCE OR RECEPTION ROOM
May all be welcomed here in greeting and peace.
Friend and stranger, from near and far.
May each be blessed and honoured as they enter.
 
There is a friend’s love in the gentle heart of the Saviour.
For love of Him we offer friendship and welcome every guest.
 
IN EACH ROOM OR WORK-AREA
Peace be here in the Name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace, the Lord’s blessing over you.
 
May God the Father be the guardian of this place and bring His peace.
Here may his will be done. Here may his love dwell.
Here may his grace abound.
May the Spirit bring lightness and laughter, be the strengthener in fear, and the comforter of tears,
inspiring thought and word and deed, uniting heart and mind.
May the Lord kindle in you a spirit of adventure, grant you courage to step out in faith,
encouragement in breaking new ground, and a love that forges fresh bonds of community.
 
Each day, every day, each going out, and each returning,
the Lord bless you and keep you.
 
Peace between person and person.
Peace between colleagues and teams.
The peace of Christ above all peace.
Peace between friends in the love and service of the King of life.
 
I pray for  all who work here  (Names)
May the joy and peace of heaven be with you.
The Lord bless you.
 
FOR A MEETING ROOM
Peace be here in the Name of the King of life,
the peace of Christ above all peace,
the Lord’s blessing be within these walls.

AT THE DOOR OR IN A CHAPEL
Christ in our coming, and in our leaving, be the Door and the Keeper for us,
for all who work within this place, this day and every day, blessing for always.
Amen

Saturday – The Patrick Compline

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Patrick (389-461) was a Briton and a former slave in Ireland. He became the ‘Apostle to Ireland’, travelling widely, evangelizing tirelessly and organizing churches and monasteries. He established his episcopal seat in Armagh, which became the centre of Christianity in the whole of Ireland. Patrick was fearless in the pursuit of his aim: to destroy paganism and to exalt the name of the Triune God.

If this Compline is being used in a group setting the * notation indicates a change of reader; words in bold are said all together; words in bold italic are said by each person in turn; and + indicates where you might make the sign of the cross.

+ (silently)

In the name of the King of life;
in the name of the Christ of love;
in the name of the Holy Spirit:
the Triune of my strength.

* I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my rock,
my fortress and my deliverer.
My God is my rock
in whom I take refuge.

* I will praise the Lord who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.

* I have set the Lord always before me.
Because He is at my right hand,
I shall not be shaken.

I am placing my soul and my body
under Thy guarding this night, O Christ.
May Thy cross this night be shielding me.

* Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O Lord, the God of Truth.

* The God of life with guarding hold you;
the loving Christ with guarding fold you;
the Holy Spirit, guarding, mould you;
each night of life to aid, enfold you;
each day and night of life uphold you.

May God shield me;
may God fill me;
may God keep me;
may God watch me;
may God bring me this night
to the nearness of His love.

* The peace of the Father of joy,
the peace of the Christ of hope,
the peace of the Spirit of grace,

the peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Friday – The Boisil Compline

Boisil, Prior of Melrose Abbey, died in 661. Bede described him as a ‘priest of great virtue and prophetic spirit.’ Boisil, on his first meeting with Cuthbert, who was to be his pupil, exclaimed, ‘Behold, the servant of the Lord!’ – recognizing the call of God on the young man’s life.If this Compline is being used in a group setting the * notation indicates a change of reader; words in bold are said all together; words in bold italic are said by each person in turn; and + indicates where you might make the sign of the cross.

+ (silently)

* O Lord, You will keep us safe
and protect us forever.

I am placing my soul and my body
in Thy safe keeping this night, O God,
in Thy safe keeping, O Jesus Christ,
in Thy safe keeping, O Spirit of perfect truth.
The Three who would defend my cause
be keeping me this night from harm.

* I call on You, O God,
for You will answer me;
give ear to me and hear my prayer.

* Show the wonder of Your great love,
You who save by Your right hand
those who take refuge in You from their foes.

* Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Lighten my darkness, Lord.
Let the light of Your presence
dispel the shadows of night.

* Christ with me sleeping,
Christ with me waking,
Christ with me watching,
each day and each night.

* Save us, Lord, while we are awake,
guard us while we are asleep;
that, awake, we may watch with Christ,
and, asleep, may rest in His peace.

God with me protecting,
the Lord with me directing,
the Spirit with me strengthening
for ever and for evermore.

* In the name of the Father precious,
and of the Spirit of healing balm.
In the name of the Lord Jesus,
I lay me down to rest.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Thursday – The Ebba Compline

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Ebba was the sister of Oswald and Oswy, who were both kings of Northumbria. She was consecrated a nun by Aidan and founded the ‘double’ (i.e. there were both men and women there) monastery at Coldingham, situated on St Abbs’s Head (which was subsequently named after her). Ebba died in the year 683. Bede described her as a ‘pious woman and a handmaid of Christ.’

If this Compline is being used in a group setting the * notation indicates a change of reader; words in bold are said all together; words in bold italic are said by each person in turn; and + indicates where you might make the sign of the cross.

+ (silently)

* Find rest, O my soul, in God alone:
my hope comes from Him.

Come I this night to the Father,
come I this night to the Son,
come I to the Holy Spirit powerful:
come I this night to God.
Come I this night with Christ,
come I with the Spirit of kindness.
Come I to Thee, Jesus.
Jesus, shelter me.

* I will lie down and sleep.
I wake again,
because the Lord sustains me.

* By day the Lord directs His love;
at night His song is with me –
a prayer to the God of my life.

* Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.

* This dwelling, O God, by Thee be blest;
and each one who here this night does rest.

* May God be in my sleep;
may Christ be in my dreams.
May the Spirit be in my repose,
in my thoughts, in my heart.
In my soul always
may the Sacred Three dwell.

May the Father of heaven
have care of my soul,
His loving arm about my body,
through each slumber
and sleep of my life.

The Son of God be shielding me from harm,
the Son of God be shielding me from ill,
the Son of God be shielding me with power.
The Son of God be shielding me this night.

* Sleep, O sleep in the calm of each calm.
Sleep, O sleep in the guidance of all guidance.
Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves.
Sleep, O beloved, in the Lord of life.
Sleep, O beloved, in the God of life.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Wednesday – The Felgild Compline

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Felgild lived in the late seventh century. After Cuthbert died, Ethilwald took his place as hermit on the Inner Farne. Twelve years later, having never left the island, he also died. Felgild was the next hermit to come there, but the rigours of his life in the cell aggravated a swelling on his face. The condition was suddenly healed, allowing him to continue the life of a solitary.

This Compline is dedicated to him because he represents so many whose names we never hear who faithfully follow the example of good men and women of old, continuing their battle against the powers of evil and in their devotion to prayer.

If this Compline is being used in a group setting the * notation indicates a change of reader; words in bold are said all together; words in bold italic are said by each person in turn; and + indicates where you might make the sign of the cross.

+ (silently)

Calm me, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease.
Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.

* Father, bless the work that is done,
and the work that is to be.

* Father, bless the servant that I am,
and the servant that I will be.

Thou Lord and God of power,
shield and sustain me this night.

I will lie down this night with God,
and God will lie down with me;
I will lie down this night with Christ,
and Christ will lie down with me;
I will lie down this night with the Spirit,
and the Spirit will lie down with me;
God and Christ and the Spirit,
be lying down with me.

* The peace of God
be over me to shelter me,

* under me to uphold me,

* about me to protect me,

* behind me to direct me,

* ever with me to save me.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Tuesday – The Cuthbert Compline

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Cuthbert, a shepherd lad looking after his flock on the Lammermuir hills, had an angelic vision coinciding with the death of Aidan which convinced him that he was meant to follow Christ as surely as the beloved founder of Lindisfarne Abbey. He became a monk at Melrose Abbey, under the guidance of Boisil. Cuthbert later succeeded him as Prior. Later in his life Cuthbert became a dearly-loved bishop at Lindisfarne, from where, until his death in 687, he loved to retreat in solitude to pray and fast on the Farne Islands.

If this Compline is being used in a group setting the * notation indicates a change of reader; words in bold are said all together; words in bold italic are said by each person in turn; and + indicates where you might make the sign of the cross.

+ (silently)

* I will lie down and sleep in peace
for You alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.

O God, and Spirit, and Jesu, the Three,
from the crown of my head, O Trinity,
to the soles of my feet mine offering be.
Come I unto Thee, O Jesu, my King –
O Jesu, do Thou be my sheltering.

My dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep,
in every place where they are.

* Whoever has chosen to make
the shelter of the Most High their dwelling place
will stay in His over-shadowing.

* He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
He is my God, and I am trusting Him.

* He will rescue you from the traps laid for your feet,
and save you from the destroying curse.

* His faithful promises are your armour.
You need no longer be afraid of any terror by night,
or the death-arrow that flies by day.

* The Lord Himself is your refuge;
you have made the Most High your stronghold.

* Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for You are my crag and my stronghold.

* How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

I will not lie down tonight with sin,
nor shall sin
nor sin’s shadow
lie down with me.

O God of life, this night,
O darken not to me Thy light.
O God of life, this night,
close not Thy gladness to my sight.
O God of life, this night,
Thy door to me, O shut not tight,
O God of life, this night.

* Be it on Thine own beloved arm,
O God of grace,
that I in peace shall waken.

* Jesu, Son of Mary!
my helper, my encircler.
Jesu, Son of David!
my strength everlasting.
Jesu, Son of Mary!
my helper, my encircler.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Monday – The Aidan Compline

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Aidan came to Lindisfarne from Iona in the year 635 at the request of King Oswald. He was a man of deep prayer who meditated on the words of Scripture, equipping himself in quiet for an active and highly effective apostolate. He remained at Lindisfarne for 16 years. In 651, Aidan was taken ill at Bamburgh and died. Cuthbert, who was a that moment looking after his flock of sheep on the Lammermuir hills, saw a vision of angels taking Aidan’s soul to heaven.

If this Compline is being used in a group setting the * notation indicates a change of reader; words in bold are said all together; words in bold italic are said by each person in turn; and + indicates where you might make the sign of the cross.

+ (silently)

* O Christ, Son of the living God,
may Your holy angels guard our sleep,
may they watch over us as we rest
and hover around our beds.

* Let them reveal to us in our dreams
visions of Your glorious truth,
O High Prince of the universe,
O High Priest of the mysteries.

* May no dreams disturb our rest
and no nightmares darken our dreams.
May no fears or worries delay
our willing, prompt repose.

* May the virtue of our daily work
hallow our nightly prayers.
May our sleep be deep and soft
so our work be fresh and hard.

I will lie down and sleep in peace
for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

My dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep,
in every place where they are.

* Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
I give it to You with all the love of my heart.

* How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

I make the cross of Christ upon my breast,
+ over the tablet of my hard heart,
and I beseech the Living God of the universe –
may the Light of Lights come
to my dark heart from Thy place;
may the Spirit’s wisdom come to my heart’s tablet
from my Saviour.

* Christ without sin, Christ of wounds,
I am placing my soul and my body
under Thy guarding this night,
Christ of the poor, Christ of tears.
Thy cross be my shielding this night,
O Thou Son of tears, of the wounds, of the piercing.

I am going now into the sleep:
O be it in Thy dear arm’s keep,
O God of grace, that I shall awake.

* My Christ! my Christ!
my shield, my encircler,
each day, each night,
each light, each dark.

* My Christ! my Christ!
my shield, my encircler,
each day, each night,
each light, each dark.
Be near me, uphold me,
my treasure, my triumph.

Circle me, Lord,
keep protection near
and danger afar.

* Circle me, Lord,
keep light near
and darkness afar.

* Circle me, Lord,
keep peace within;
keep evil out.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Sunday – The Ita Compline

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Ita, who died in about 570, was abbess of a women’s community in Killeedy, County Limerick in Ireland. She ran a school for boys where she taught:
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Faith in God with purity of heart; simplicity of life with religion; generosity with love.

Among those schooled by Ita was Brendan, who honoured her as his foster-mother and adviser. The Compline that follows is named after her because of its emphasis on examination of the heart, and the prayers of care and protection for each soul who crosses our path.

If this Compline is being used in a group setting the * notation indicates a change of reader; words in bold are said all together; words in bold italic are said by each person in turn; and + indicates where you might make the sign of the cross.

+ (silently)

The Sacred Three
to save
to shield
to surround
the hearth
the home
this night
and every night.

* Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Test me and know my thoughts.

* See if there is any wicked way in me
and lead me in the way everlasting.

O Father, O Son, O Holy Spirit,
forgive me my sins.
O only-begotten Son of the heavenly Father,
forgive.
O God who is one,
O God who is true,
O God who is first,
O God who is one substance,
O God only mighty,
in three Persons, truly merciful,
forgive.

* O God of life, this night,
O darken not to me Thy light.

* O God of life, this night,
close not Thy gladness to my sight.

* Keep Your people, Lord,
in the arms of Your embrace.
Shelter them under Your wings.

* Be their light in darkness.
Be their hope in distress.
Be their calm in anxiety.

* Be strength in their weakness.

* Be their comfort in pain.

* Be their song in the night.

In peace will I lie down, for it is You, O Lord,
You alone who makes me to rest secure.

* Be it on Your own beloved arm,
O God of grace, that I in peace shall awake.

Be the peace of the Spirit
mine this night.
Be the peace of the Son
mine this night.
Be the peace of the Father
mine this night.
The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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How to use Complines

‘Shall we say Compline tonight?’  Compline is used in the Northumbria Community as an optional extra to the Daily Office, but brings a perfect end to the day. Many use it on a regular basis, usually just before retiring to bed. On retreats it can be used to bring time together to a close as the whole household goes into quiet until next morning. These prayers are not lengthy and can be offered in just a few minutes.

It is recommended that a time of quietness should precede Compline, emptying out all the tensions and concerns of the past day and shifting the focus of our attention back to God. Then the sign of the cross can be made silently before starting the spoken prayers.

If you have young children, Compline can be used as bed-time prayers with them or over them, substituting the child’s or children’s names in the boxed sections whenever they cannot say the prayer for themselves. E.g. ‘In peace will Martha lie down, for it is You, O Lord, You alone who makes her to rest secure.’

There is a different form of Compline for each day of the week. Each is named after an individual from the era of the Celtic Saints, serving as another reminder of the example set by ‘good ones of old’ who inspire us to seek God as they did.

Evening Prayer

 
Said or sung all together except for the sentences marked ‘Call’ which are for the Leader only.
+ indicates that you may make the sign of the cross.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Opening sentences
My soul waits for the Lord
more than those
who watch for the morning,
more than those
who watch for the morning.
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Call: Out of the depths I have cried to You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: With my whole heart I want to praise You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: If you, Lord, should mark iniquities:
Response: Who could stand? who could stand?
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I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in His word do I hope.
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Expressions of faith
Lord, You have always given
bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always kept
me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always marked
the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always lightened
this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always spoken
when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now,
today I believe.
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Today’s Scripture Reading

24 July

Psalm 139:13-16 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. 15My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

Isaiah 5:1-2 Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watch-tower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

John 15:2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.

Today’s Meditation

Whichever way we turn, O God, there is Your face
in the light of the moon and patterns of stars,
in sacred mountain rifts and ancient groves,
in mighty seas and creatures of the deep.

Whichever way we turn, O God, there is Your face
in the light of eyes we love,
in the salt of tears we have tasted,
in weathered countenances east and west,
in the soft skin glow of the child everywhere.
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is Your face,
there is Your face
among us.

John Philip Newell

 

Prayers for others

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Canticle
In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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The Lord is my light, my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the refuge of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
One thing I ask of the Lord,
one thing I seek;
to dwell in the presence of my God,
to gaze on Your holy place.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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I believe I shall see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of the living.
O wait for the Lord!
Have courage and wait,
wait for the Lord.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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Blessing
See that ye be at peace among yourselves, my children,
and love one another.
Follow the example of good men of old
and God will comfort you and help you,
both in this world
and in the world which is to come.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen