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Our brokenness is the wound
through which the full power of God
can penetrate our being and transfigure us in God.
Loneliness is not something from which we must flee
but the place from where we can cry out to God,
where God will find us and we can find God.
Yes, through our wounds the power of God
can penetrate us and become like rivers of living water
to irrigate the arid earth within us.
Thus we may irrigate the arid earth of others,
so that hope and love are reborn.”
- Jean Vanier
Help me to trust, Lord,
that only with gentle tenderness
do you reach out
to touch and heal my brokenness...
Remind me of the care you take
in tending the wounds
of those you love
and remind me that in your own body
you know how vulnerable we all can be...
Fill my loneliness with your presence and peace
and open my heart to your dwelling within me...
Help me trust
that I will find only healing and refreshment
in the waters of your life
in the streams of your mercy...
Find me, Lord,
and be for me Emmanuel:
Conditor alme siderum,
Aeterna lux credentium,
Christe, redemptor omnium,
Exaudi preces supplicum.
Creator of the stars of night,
Your people's everlasting light,
O Christ, Redeemer of us all,
We pray you hear us when we call.
Qui condolens interitu
Mortis perire saeculum,
Salvasti mundum languidum,
Donans reis remedium.
In sorrow that the ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe,
You came, O Savior, to set free
Your own in glorious liberty.
Vergente mundi vespere,
Uti sponsus de thalamo,
Virginis matris clausula.
Come, Sun and Savior, to embrace
Our gloomy world, its wear race,
As groom to bride, as bride to groom:
The wedding chamber, Mary's womb.
Cuius forti potentiae
Genu curvantur omnia;
Nutu fatentur subdita.
At your great Name, O Jesus, now
All knees must bend, all heart must bow;
All things on earth with one accord,
Like those in heav'n, shall call your Lord.
Te deprecamur, hagie,
Venture iudex saeculi,
Conserva nos in tempore
Hostis a telo perfidi.
Come in your holy night, we pray;
Redeem us for eternal day;
Defend us while we dwell below,
From all assaults of our dread foe.
Laus, honor, virtus, gloria,
Deo Patri et Filio
Sancto simul Paraclito,
In sempiterna saecula.
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally.