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Day Fifteen : 13 March

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.

Lectionary readings (Click the links to see the readings):
| Genesis 37.3-4, 12-12 | Psalm 105.16-22 | Matthew 21.33-46 |

Illumination in the Littlemore Anselm Manuscript,
C12th, Bodlean Library Oxford.

Extract from Chapter 1 of the Proslogion by Anselm of Canterbury

In which the mind is aroused, to the contemplation of God

Come now, little man,
turn aside for a while from your daily employment,
escape for a moment from the tumult of your thoughts.
Put aside your weighty cares,
let your burdensome distractions wait,
free yourself awhile for God
and rest awhile in him.
Enter the inner chamber of your soul,
shut out everything except God
and that which can help you in seeking him,
and when you have shut the door, seek him.
Now, my whole heart, say to God,
'I seek your face,
Lord, it is your face I seek.'

Conclusion: from Chapter 26

My God,
I pray that I may so know you and love you
that I may rejoice in you.
And if I may not do so fully in this life,
let me go steadily on
to the day when I come to that fullness.
Let the knowledge of you increase in me here,
and there let it come to its fullness.
Let your love grow in me here,
and there let it be fulfilled,
so that here my joy may be in a great hope,
and there in full reality.
you have commanded, or rather advised us,
to ask by your Son,
and you have promised that we shall receive
'that our joy may be full'.
That which you counsel
through our 'wonderful counsellor'
is what I am asking for, Lord.
Let me receive
that which you promised through your truth,
'that my joy may be full,.
God of truth,
I ask that I may receive,
so that my joy may be full.
Meanwhile, let my mind mediate on it,
let my tongue speak of it,
let my heart love it,
let my mouth preach it,
let my soul hunger for it
my flesh thirst for it,
and my whole being desire it,
until I enter into the joy of my Lord,
who is God one and triune, blessed forever. Amen.

Alonso Lobo (1555-1617). Versa est in luctum. The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips

Versa est in luctum cithara mea,
et organum meum in vocem flentium.
Parce mihi Domine,
nihil enim sunt dies mei.

Cutis mea denigrata est super me
et ossa mea aruerunt.

My harp is tuned for lamentation,
and my flute to the voice of those who weep.
Spare me, O Lord,
for my days are as nothing.

My skin is become black upon me,
and my bones are dried up.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.

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