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Prayers of the Saints – A Prayer of Praise to Our Lord by St. Anselm of Canterbury

March 27, 2014

We have the wonderful gift of a tremendous repository of “Prayers of the Saints” from the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1), our brothers and sisters in the Lord who’ve run this race of life before us!

This prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033-1109), from the Church of England’s website, touched my heart this past week. For obvious reasons, it’s included as part of a Liturgy for Mothering Sunday.

HP_St_anselm_4_21_10Jesus, like 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 judgement.

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 labour
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. Amen.

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We’ll share a Mothering Sunday focus this Sunday at St. Paul’s. We’ll be remembering Our Lord’s tender care for us, and our call as members of the family of God to share that tender care with one another, and all God’s precious children. Everyone’s invited!

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