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Excerpt from “The Book of Monastic Life”

Why am I reaching again for brushes?
When I paint your portrait, God,
nothing happens.

But I can choose to feel you.

At my senses’ horizon
you appear hesitantly,
like scattered islands.

Yet standing here, peering out,
I’m all the time seen by you.

The choruses of angels use up all of heaven.
There’s no more room for you
in all that glory. You’re living
in your very last house.

All creation holds its breath, listening within me,
because, to hear you, I keep silent.

–From “The Book of Monastic Life”, by Rainer Maria Rilke.

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Blessèd

Blessèd are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the dominion of heaven.
Blessèd are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessèd are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
Blessèd are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

–Composed by Bern H. Herbolsheimer (1948-2016)
–Based on the words of Jesus (the Beatitudes) found in the Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3–12

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Thou, O God, art praised in Sion

Thou, O God, art praised in Sion,
and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jersusalem.
Thou that hearest the prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and receivest unto thee.
He shall dwell in thy courts and shall be satisfied
with the pleasures of thy house, e’en of thy holy temple.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the Lord for ever,
for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.
Let the people praise thee, O God, yea, let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase:
and God shall give us his blessing.

Words: Psalm 65:1, 2, 4; Isaiah 26:3, 4; Psalm 67:3, 6, 7
Music: Malcolm C. Boyle (1902-1976)

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Te Deum laudamus

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
     Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
     Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
     the Father, of an infinite majesty,
     thine honorable, true, and only Son,
     also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
     We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
     whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
     Make them to be numbered with thy saints,
     in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
     O Lord, have mercy upon us have mercy upon us.
     O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us as our trust is in thee.
     O Lord, in thee have I trusted let me never be confounded.

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God the Omnipotent

God the Omnipotent! King who ordainest
thunder thy clarion, the lightning thy sword;
show forth thy pity on high where thou reignest:
give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

God the All-merciful! Earth hath forsaken
thy ways all holy, and slighted thy word;
bid not thy wrath in its terrors awaken:
give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

God, the All-righteous One! Earth hath deified thee;
yet to eternity standeth thy word,
falsehood and wrong shall not tarry beside thee:
give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

God the All-provident! earth by thy chastening
yet shall to freedom and truth be restored;
through the thick darkness thy kingdom is hastening:
thou wilt give peace in our time, O Lord.

Amen.

–Words: verses 1-2: Henry Fothergill Chorley, 1842; verses 3-4, John Ellerton, 1870.
–Tune: RUSSIA, Alexey Feodorovitch Lvov, 1833

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Let all the world in every corner sing

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!
The heavens are not too high, His praise may thither fly;
The earth is not too low, His praises there may grow.
The Church with psalms must shout, No door can keep them out;
But above all, the heart must bear the longest part.

–Words: George Herbert (1593-1633)
–Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

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God be in my head

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing.

–Words: Sarum Primer, 1514

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