Novena Day 3 – Sunday 8th May

with Mother Julian of Norwich

A SHORT OFFICE

V/. O God, make speed to save us.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Lily Crucifix window, 15th century, Long Melford, Suffolk

Lily Crucifix window, 15th century,
Long Melford, Suffolk

Then said our good Lord Jesus Christ: Art thou well pleased that I suffered for thee? I said: Yea, good Lord, I thank Thee; Yea, good Lord, blessed mayst Thou be. Then said Jesus, our kind Lord: If thou art pleased, I am pleased: it is a joy, a bliss, an endless satisfying to me that ever suffered I Passion for thee; and if I might suffer more, I would suffer more . . .

For I saw full surely that where our Lord appeareth, peace is taken and wrath hath no place. For I saw no manner of wrath in God, neither for short time nor for long; for in sooth, as to my sight, if God might be wroth for an instant, we should never have life nor place nor being. For as verily as we have our being of the endless Might of God and of the endless Wisdom and of the endless Goodness, so verily we have our keeping in the endless Might of God, in the endless Wisdom, and in the endless Goodness. For though we feel in ourselves frail wretches, debates and strifes, yet are we all-mannerful enclosed in the mildness of God and in His meekness, in His benignity and in His graciousness. For I saw full surely that all our endless friendship, our place, our life and our being, is in God . . .

Wouldst thou learn thy Lord’s meaning in this thing? Learn it well: Love was His meaning. Who shewed it thee? Love. What shewed He thee? Love. Wherefore shewed it He? For Love. Hold thee therein and thou shalt learn and know more in the same. But thou shalt never know nor learn therein other thing without end. Thus was I learned that Love was our Lord’s meaning.

Julian of Norwich (c. 1342 – c.1416) Revelations of Divine Love
English anchoress and mystic.
Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395,
is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman

Silent Reflection

PSALM 103 (102)

Praise the Lord, O my soul; * and all that is within me, praise his holy Name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, * and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thy sin, * and healeth all thine infirmities;
Who saveth thy life from destruction, * and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, * making thee young and lusty as an eagle.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment * for all them that are oppressed with wrong.
He showed his ways unto Moses, * his works unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, * longsuffering, and of great goodness.
He will not alway be chiding; * neither keepeth he his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; * nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.
For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth; * so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.
Look how wide also the east is from the west; * so far hath he set our sins from us.
Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children; * even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.
For he knoweth whereof we are made; * he remembereth that we are but dust.
The days of man are but as grass; * for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone; * and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him; * and his righteousness upon children’s children;
Even upon such as keep his covenant, * and think upon his commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared his seat in heaven, * and his kingdom ruleth over all.
O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength; * ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his word.
O praise the Lord, all ye his hosts; * ye servants of his that do his pleasure.
O speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion: * praise thou the Lord, O my soul.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:* and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:* world without end. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Collect
O God, fountain of love,
pour thy love into our souls,
that we may love those whom thou lovest with the love thou givest us,
and think and speak of them tenderly, meekly, lovingly;
and so loving our brethren and sisters for thy sake, may grow in thy love,
and dwelling in love may dwell in thee;
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800 – 1882)
English churchman, for more than fifty years Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford, and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement.

May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
or
May the Lord bless us, may he keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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