Saturday, February 9, 2013


Canticle: A Song of Christ’s Goodness - Anselm of Canterbury

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you:
You are gentle with us as a mother with her children;
Often you weep over our sins and our pride:
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgment.
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds:
in sickness you nurse us,
and with pure milk you feed us.
Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life:
by your anguish and labor we come forth in joy.
Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness:
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
Your warmth gives life to the dead:
your touch makes sinners righteous.
Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us:
in your love and tenderness remake us.
In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness:
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.
Prayer from The Daily Office.

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Russ Manley said...

What a lovely, lovely prayer, and one I had never seen before. Thanks for sharing this.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Russ, the prayer is beautiful. I disagree with a good part of Anselm's theology, but I love the prayer. I'd like to know what manly man Christian types who believe women should be subservient would make of the prayer.