Antiphons – call and response to the sacred text

 

Antiphons—responses to the Beloved in scripture

 

l. Luke 19: 1-10

I want to free what waits within me

I want to sing you as no one ever has

May what I do flow from me like a river

Streaming through widening channels to the open sea

 (paraphrase of rilke)

 

2 . psalm 50/Luke 19

I only know you in my heart, o love

by honoring the Love that you declare for me

I welcome Your desire to stay in me

May You Be here by dwelling in my being.

 

3. Luke 12: 35-40

May I be open to Your presence in this day, o love

I light this candle so that I can see you

In the darkness, may you find me opening

As I await your coming here to Be in me

 

3. acts 17:16-34

may I carry this truth with me through this day, o love

that you are with me in each moment

may my silences and songs be filled with reverence

as I receive and bear you into being

 

4. Colossians 4:2-18

may I be present to your prayer within me love

may I be mindful of your yearning

may I breathe what labors to be born in me

as I cry out may I proclaim your beauty

 

your thirst for being never dies in me

from deep, You stir me into being

these urgencies of heart relay Love’s messages

reminding me who I am meant to be

 

my yearning is Your yearning to be free in me

my prayer Your yearning to be sung

mystery of Christ, proclaimed in my humanity

in chains, I bring You into being.

 

5.Psalm 91/rilke paraphrase

I yearn to be held in the great hands of your heart, o love

oh let them take me now into your holiness

I place these fragments of my life into your heart, o love

For You to spend however you desire

 

6. I cherish this place where we meet as sacred, love

I welcome you inside to make love to me

Come fill me with your loving presence

That I may overflow with what you’re birthing

 

7. may I soften at your touch, o love

may I open at your touch, o love

may I expand at your touch, o love

may I flow from your touch, o love

 

8. Matthew 23:1-12

May I hear the whisper of Your Being in this song, o love

May you be the Song singing within me

Open me to You that I may flow from You

Receiving You how’ere you come before me

 

May I Be Love throughout my day

May I see Love throughout my day

May there be no here nor there, no better/worse

May my Being and my doing be as One.

 

9.  Thessalonians 2

O my Love, may the One who comes into my home

Build up my house

So that what is birthed in me

Is you.

 

Evensongs

 

9. Response to Song –Beautiful darkness/matthew 25

 

you come into the dark of my unknowing, Love

I can but trust I’m sacred to You

When I can’t see you, you behold me

Cradling the light I am within your holiness

 

10.Though it is dark, o love, my heart’s awake

I yearn to sing you, love, to flow into you

Of you, for you, to you, in you, I sing

May you receive my song into your silence

 

11.  My song in your silence

My silence in your song

We sing

 

 

 

13. 1 Peter 1:3-9

May I embrace the glorious joy of being in Love with life.

May I hold this secret tenderlyl

For my soul is saved through this embrace

May my soul deepen in peace

May my soul expand in understanding

May my soul overflow in Love

May I bring forth this truth into my days

May I flow from this opening in me

May I bear love and compassion into being

May I welcome all in the name of Love

May I face the darkness and see light—waiting to shine on me as I on it.

May I fall into the abyss of unknowing, into the arms of Love

May I know nothing

May I trust only the mystery of love.


 

J: I stand at the threshold and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.                                                           (Rev 3:20)

 

T: I slept, but my heart was awake. A sound! My beloved is knocking. “Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one                               (Song of Solomon 5:2)

A: Blessed is the one who listens to me,
       watching daily at my doors,
       waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life.      ( Proverbs 8: 34-35)

V: O Love, you are my Beloved

I long for You

My soul thirsts for You

All that is within me thirsts

As in a dry and barren land

Where there is no water

I call out to You in my heart

Sensing your power and glory

Your steadfast Love is life to me

And my lips will praise you

I will radiate your love as long as I live

Becoming a blessing to others as I flow from you                                   (Psalm 63, Merrill)

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst to be in the fully alive in the aliveness of God for they will be filled                                                                      (Matthew 5:6, Bourgeault)

We know that the whole creation is groaning as in the pains of childbirth. And we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for the redemption of our bodies.     (Romans 8:22-23)

He yearned to see who Jesus was, but he couldn’t because of the crowd. Jesus said, “Come down. I want to stay at your house today”

May I become like a hollow reed

So You may play your melody through me

For I long to be attuned to the great song of the Cosmos,

To know the song of inner praise!

O, that I might hear the Divine Melody within

And give birth to a dancing star                                                             (Psalm119, zayin

Merrill)

 

 

 

 

 

 


May the harvest be abundant, Love

As you reap the blessing that my life has sown

Overflowing you my hunger dissipates

As I bear the fruit of our Love ripening

 

Your pour yourself into my life, o Love

Requesting only that I do the same

That my heart embracing all this tenderness

May spill itself into your eagerness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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