You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King
a song of joyful revolt
and a God who needs her love;
by Eleanor Wilner
beautiful to them, magnified, magnificent.
Hope fed their rage, sharpened their weapons.
Magnificat in Little
by Léonie Adams
Got to love you of grace.
Shook and were sweet.
Repeats you gold.
Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. With a loud voice she blurted out, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry. Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
He shows mercy to everyone,
from one generation to the next,
who honors him as God.
He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
remembering his mercy,
just as he promised to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.
I Got a Boy and his Name is John by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
by Mary Goergen OSF, adapted
Be praised, our God,
by butterfly and dragonfly wings exercising for their first flight.
Be praised by lightning and thunder causing spring showers.
Be praised by the silent voice of grass growing and trees budding.
Be praised by all the colorful flower trumpets of spring.
Be praised by downy feathers freshly dried on newly hatched ducklings and chicks.
Be praised by the songs of birds, crickets, and frogs.
Be praised, our God, by all your creation which tells of new life.
The Lord’s Prayer
O Source of the Radiance,
dancing in and about all-that-is,
Shine forth into the depths of our beings,
and enkindle there the flame of thy essence.
Grant that it may blaze forth
and fill us with its searing creativity,
Until, fully united with thy fiery desire,
light pours out from us, taking form.
May we be revitalised each day
with nourishment for body and spirit,
And be liberated from all that oppresses us,
as we struggle to mend the fabric of our world.
Let us not be enmeshed in the nets of illusion,
but illuminate the opportunities of the present moment.
For from thee shine forth
the precepts, the sustenance, and the generative fire,
from centring to centring. Ameyn.
Family Business by Kanye West
May the Maker’s blessing be ours,
encircling us round
May the angels’ blessings be ours
and the joy of the saints
to inspire us
to cherish us.
May the Holy Child’s blessing be ours,
the wine and the water,
the bread and the stories
to feed us
to remind us.
May the Spirit’s blessing be ours,
the wind, the fire,
the still small voice
to comfort us
to disturb us.
And may we all bless each other –
a blessing rooted in our common pilgrimage,
the blessing of friends.
May the blessing of God – the Creator, the Human, and the Spirit,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.