Day 19 : Wednesday 15 March

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

| Deuteronomy 4.1-9 | Psalm 147.12-20 | Matthew 5.17-19 |

"Cosmos, stars on the Earth, Ukraine", by Vera Kavura, 2022.

J.S Bach. Kyrie, Christe, Kyrie BWV 242. Netherlands Bach Society, cond. Jos van Van Veldhoven.

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from: Carmen Bernos de Gasztold. Prayers from the Ark. Translated from French by Rumer Godden. Illustrated by Jean Primrose. London: Macmillan, 1963.

The Prayer of the Tortoise

A little patience,
O God,
I am coming.
One must take nature as she is!
It was not I who made her!
I do not mean to criticize
this house on my back—
it has its points—
but You must admit, Lord,
it is heavy to carry!
let us hope that this double enclosure,
my shell and my heart,
will never be quite shut to You.


The Prayer of the Mouse

I am so little and grey,
dear God,
how can You keep me in mind?
Always spied upon,
always chased.
Nobody ever gives me anything,
and I nibble meagrely at life.
Why do they reproach me with being a mouse?
Who made me but You?
I only ask to stay hidden.
Give me my hunger's pittance
safe from the claws
of that devil with green eyes.





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