Be Here Now by Ray Lamontagne
God of impossible love,
you needed Mary
to give consent,
to bear your scandal,
to carry your word within herself:
may her courage give hope
who yearns to sing
new songs of justice
and find the world
a dwelling place for God;
through Jesus Christ, the one who is to come.
by April Bulmer
Autumn leaves passed our windows
Whimpers like a dog.
A River on its Way
by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a young woman who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The young woman’s name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favoured one! The Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women!” She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honouring you. Look! You will conceive and give birth to a child, and you will name him Jesus – ‘Deliverance’. His dignity will be great and he will be called the Only Begotten of God. God will give Jesus the throne of David his ancestor, to rule over Jacob’s house forever, and there will be no end to his reign.”
Then Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I haven’t had sexual relations with a man?”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy and will be called the Holy One of God. Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a child. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive’ is now six months pregnant. Nothing is impossible for God.”
Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
I Was There for You by Leonard Cohen
traditional Catholic prayers, adapted
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you;
Blessed are you,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, now.
Glory be to God,
and to the Christ,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
The Lord’s Prayer
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother, Parent of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and testing, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
now and for ever. Amen.
Mary by Sarah Slean
May the God who brings heaven close to earth
give truth to our judgement
and flame to our longing
that our hearts might be ready
to be born again in love;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Holy Parent, the Holy Child, and the Holy Spirit,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.