Sunday, November 12, 2006

Remembrance; Time Before Memory

I don't go to church anymore but I was there this morning as I'd been asked to sing.

I like Remembrance Day. The idea that the past is always present in whatever form we choose to keep it; and what a privilege to have that choice. There was this very beautiful prayer during the service. And for the first time in a very long time I felt somehow reconnected to this vast body of belief and faith. It made me remember.



(see title link for more work by Daniel O'Byrne)

O Christ, in whose body was named all the violence of the world, and in whose memory is contained our profoundest grief, we lay open to you: the violence done to us in time before memory; the unremembered wounds that have misshaped our lives; the injuries we cannot forget and have not forgiven. The remembrance of them is grievous to us; the burden of them is intolerable.

We lay open to you: the violence done in our name in time before memory; the unremembered wounds we have inflicted; the injuries we cannot forget and for which we have not been forgiven. The remembrance of them is grievous to us; the burden of them is intolerable.

We lay open to you: those who have pursued a violent knowledge the world cannot forget; those caught up in violence they have refused to name; those who have enacted violence which they have not repented. The remembrance of them is grievous to us; the burden of them is intolerable.

We lay open to you: the victims of violence whose only memorial is our anger; those whose suffering was sustained on our behalf; those whose continued oppression provides the ground we stand on. The remembrance of them is grievous to us; the burden of them is intolerable.

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ says to all who truly turn to God:
Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

6 comments:

The Father said...

quite profound - and its a funny thing remembrance day - struggling between honouring the dead and not wanting to glorify war. The prayer manages i think to do both .

mark

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

I agree with the father - this is a very profound post from a very level 5 woman

mister tumnus said...

i have been reading this prayer over and over. i think it might be the best thing i've ever heard in church.

thank you both for your comments xx

mister tumnus said...

i should also say, this prayer is from a book called 'all desires known' by janet morley. you can get it on amazon.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

Janet has written some wonderful stuff for Christian Aid - yet i have not come across this work, i will remedy that - what's with the second blog site????

mister tumnus said...

eh? oh hang on...

ha. that was a kind of test site when i was trying out this blog thang the first time. it's not meant to come up but i switched to that beta thing (i have no idea what that is yet, but i know i have switched to it) so that's waht's done it... this too shall be remedied!