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Autumnal Prayer


 

 
An Autumnal Prayer
 
Music
 
Quiet
 
Opening Prayer
 
 
Dear God,
Thank you for this new day, its beauty and its light. Thank You for our chance to begin again. Free us from the limitations of yesterday.   Today, may we be reborn. May we become more fully a reflection of Your radiance. Give us strength and compassion and courage and wisdom. Show us the light in ourselves and others. May we recognise the good that is available everywhere. May we be, this day, instruments of love and healing. Lead us into gentle pastures. Give us deep peace that we might serve You most deeply. This we ask through the One who serves us every moment, Jesus Christ, Our Lord.                                                                                                                                                                   Amen!
Our life is in the eternity of God; our light is in the truth of God; our joy is in the goodness of God.                       
The City of God, XI, 24
 
 
 
I will greatly rejoice in you, O God,
In you my soul shall exult;
For you clothe me with garments of salvation,
You cover me with the robe of justice,
Like a bridegroom bedecked with a garland,
Like a bride adorned with her jewels.
 
As the earth brings forth its shoots,
And a garden makes its seeds spring up,
So will you make justice and praise
To spring forth before all the nations.
 
For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,
For Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until its vindication shines forth like the dawn
And its salvation like a burning torch.
 
Nations shall behold its vindication,
And all rulers see its glory;
It shall be called by a new name-
Which your own mouth will give.
It shall be a crown of beauty,
A royal diadem held in your hand, O God.
 
No more shall they call it “Forsaken,”
Or its land be termed “Desolate,”
But it shall be called “My delight,”
For you O God delight in it,
And take it as a spouse.
 
For as young lovers are espoused,
So shall its children espouse Zion,
And as newly weds rejoice in each other,
So shall you rejoice over Zion.
 
 
 
 
Our life is in the eternity of God; our light is in the truth of God; our joy is in the goodness of God.              
 
 
 


 
 
Happy will I be when no obstacle stands between your love and me, and I shall find joy in that sole truth by which all things are true.
Confessions, X, 23
 
In loving you,
O Lord,
I have no feelings of doubt;
I am quite sure of it.
 
Your word touched my heart
And I began to love you;
See how heaven and earth
And all that is in every part of them
Call me to love you,
 
And…they call to us all,
So that there can be no excuse
For not loving you.
 
You will have still greater mercy
On those you wished to pity,
And you will have compassion
On those towards whom you wished to be compassionate:
 
If it were not so,
The praises of earth and heaven
Would be falling
On deaf ears.
 
But what do I love in loving you?
Not physical beauty,
Nor transitory charm,
Nor the splendour of light
Which is so dear to my eyes;
 
Not the sweet melodies of many songs;
Nor the perfume of flowers, ointments and spices;
Not manna nor honey;
Not the delights of physical embrace.
 
In loving my God
I do not love such things.
Yet in loving him
I nonetheless love a certain light, a voice, a perfume, food
And an embrace deep within my being:
 
Where my soul is bathed
In a light which no place can contain,
Where a voice is heard
That no passage of time
Can ever remove,
Where a fragrance abounds
That no gust of wind can disperse,
Where there is a savour
That no ravenous hunger can diminish,
Where there is an embrace
That no fulfilment can bring to an end.
 
This is what I love
When I love my God.
 
Confessions X, 6
 
Happy will I be when no obstacle stands between your love and me, and I shall find joy in that sole truth by which all things are true.
 
 
      
 


Pat:     Reading: Matthew 14:27-31
(Silent Reflection)
 
O Lord our God, under the shadow of your wings let us hope, and do you protect us and carry us.
Confessions, IV, 31
 
 
Paddy:
 
Come, walk on the water with me!
I’m in the mood for impossible things!
Take out your heart of courage,
            A lamp amid your fears
            And walk on the water with me.
Let’s touch everything we see
And change it to hope
Our hearts let’s change to flesh
No more stones of apathy for us!
 
Philip:
 
Let’s look at everything that could be
            Believing it will be
            If we dare to walk on water
            Scared and hopeful.
 
Come, walk on the water with me!
 
Mike:
 
Let’s wrap our fears in hope.
Across these waters we must go
            Our lamps of courage high
Scared and hopeful we will go.
At the beginning of this water journey
            We’ll be careful
            But not too careful.
Being too careful is for the very scared.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not found
            In being overly cautious
            But in taking chances.
 
Gerry:
 
Come, walk on the water with me!

 

 
Hold high your lamp of courage

 

Put all your doubts away
Let’s take a chance on staying up.
 
Michael:
         
Come, walk on the water with me!
I’m in the mood for impossible things.                                           
I feel scared
            Because it’s impossible
I feel hopeful
            Because it’s not impossible
So, scared and hopeful
            We will walk.
Come!
Walk on the water with me!
Macrina Wiederkehr
 
 
O Lord our God, under the shadow of your wings let us hope, and do you protect us and carry us.
 
 
 



Article posted on 9th of January 2010

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