A Hymn to God t…

John Donne, by Isaac Oliver (died 1622). See s...

John Donne, by Isaac Oliver (died 1622). National Portrait Gallery, London  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Hymn to God the Father

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run,
And do run still, though still I do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallow’d in, a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
And, having done that, thou hast done;
I fear no more.

by John Donne, the English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest

“God of the Age…

Knock Shrine, Ireland

Knock Shrine, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“God of the Ages we praise and thank you. From generation to generation You have been our refuge and strength. You give your gifts of grace for every time, place and season as we strive within the family to walk in Your ways and remain close to one another and to You. We pray that our homes may be schools of Faith, where we come to know and to love You. Teach us the Sanctity of human love. Show us the value of family life and help us to respect all life. May the young find in the family strong support for their humanity so that they may grow in truth and love. May the elderly experience respect, support, love and care within the family circle. We give thanks for Grandparents and we pray for them. We give thanks for they connect us with our heritage and our roots through the mists of time. We give thanks for their Christian memory which inspires and enlightens us. We give thanks for the example of their faith, for the witness of their lives, for the constancy of their love, for the support of their prayers.

Bless all Grandparents and keep them in Your care. Bless them with peace, health and healing. Reward them for their faith and fidelity, for their work and goodness, for their love and thoughtfulness, for their gifts and prayers. Give them a long and happy life together. May old age come to them in the company of family and friends. And when life is over, unite them again, where parting will be no more, in the Kingdom of Your love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
– Composed by the late Msgr Joseph Quinn, 1st National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage, 2007, Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, County Mayo, Ireland

STRONG AND CONS…

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Catholic Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

STRONG AND CONSTANT

I WILL BE YAHWEH WHO WALKS WITH YOU
YOU WILL BE ALWAYS WITHIN MY HAND
TAKE YOUR HEART AND GIVE IT ALL TO ME

STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE

SHOULD YOU WANDER FAR AWAY FROM ME
I WILL SEARCH FOR YOU IN EV’RY LAND
SHOULD YOU CALL THEN YOU WILL TRULY KNOW

STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE

WHEN YOU KNOW SORROW WITHIN YOUR LIFE
I WILL COME, I WILL EMBRACE YOUR HEART
THROUGH YOUR PAIN YOU WILL DISCOVER ME

STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
– Catholic Hymn, Composer: Frank Andersen

THE REAL MADONNA

Madonna with the Blue Diadem

Madonna with the Blue Diadem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bolt of blue, bluer
than any sky, truer
than any man, her
colours drawn from
divine essences
with no pretences
in her nakedness

Handmaid purity
in motion
a lotion
of supple light
virginal maiden comely
crying mother in prayerful
sympathy with many

She rocks in rhythm with
every seeker’s heart
sending waves of stillness
doing her merciful part
Queenly, yet ever gently
leading Eve’s children
to a fresh start

© Millicent Danker

22 April 2013