A Song of Christ’s Goodness
(from Anselm of Canterbury in ‘A Prayer Book for Australia’)
Jesus, as a mother You gather Your people to You:
You are gentle with us as a mother with her children.
Often You weep over our sins and our pride:
Tenderly You draw us from hatred and judgement.
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds:
In sickness You nurse us and with pure milk You feed us.
Jesus, by Your dying, we are born to new life:
By Your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.
Despair turns to hope through Your sweet goodness:
Through Your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
Your warmth gives life to the dead:
Your touch makes sinners righteous.
Lord Jesus, in Your mercy, heal us:
In Your love and tenderness remake us.
In Your compassion, bring grace and forgiveness:
For the beauty of Heaven, may Your love prepare us.
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