Friday, January 04, 2008


From The Comforting of Christ
by Caryll Houselander, 1947
A Meditation on the Mass of Reparation

"Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Grant us Peace."

Give us the gentleness of lambs, give us the innocence of lambs, give us the meekness to be sacrificed. Lamb of God, receive the innocents who have been slain for You, or because of You, from the first-born sons slain by Herod to the little sons and daughters slain in our wars. Lamb of God, grant us peace; in the name of the children killed on the roads by carelessness, have mercy on us; in the names of the child-saints of the century, grant us peace. For the sake of the humble, the poor, the simple, the imprisoned, the shackled and bound, have mercy on us. For the sake of the patience of sick people, of cripples, of the old people sitting quietly in the workhouse. For the sake of poor relations, the dependents, those who are humiliated by being poor; for those uncomplaining poor who have nothing to give to their loved ones when they are sick and dying. For the love of the peasant people of little nations ruled by tyrants, have mercy on us, grant us peace.

"Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis, miserere nobis, dona nobis pacem."

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