Monday, June 16, 2008

Maori Liturgy

Every day a different sister serves as prayer leader for Morning and Evening Praise. This involves finding readers, cantors, candle bearers--any needed participants--choosing the hymns, and adding any special blessings or prayers appropriate to the feast, memorial or vigil.

Everyone does a good job, but there are 3-4 leaders that are outstanding. When they have prayer I wouldn't miss it for anything. They just have a knack for liturgy--selecting just the right things, interconnecting the various parts of the office, and bringing in creative and meaningful options that make the prayer even more special than it is normally.

Last Friday one of these sisters was listed as prayer leader--and she didn't disappoint.

After the psalter, near the very end of the liturgy of the hours, we recite the Our Father--which we refer to as the Prayer of Jesus. For her Prayer of Jesus she came upon a different one, taken from the Maori liturgy. The Maori are the native peoples of New Zealand and here is their beautiful rendition of this most famous of all Christian prayers:

Earth-maker, pain-bearer, life-giver,
source of all that is and shall be.
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
the hallowing of your name echoes
through the universe.

The way of your justice be followed/
by the people of the world!
Your heavenly will be done/by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom/
sustains our hope and comes on earth.

With the Bread we need for today/feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another/forgive us.
In times of temptation and test/strengthen us.
From the grip of all that is evil/free us.

For you reign in the glory/of the power that is love.
Now and forever. Amen

I am proud to share the news of the arrival of the first of our 2008 fawn: twins!

They can be seen daily in the apple orchard, woods or fields at Glinodo. Here is a trio from a recent summer.

Photo by: Ann Muczynski, OSB