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A song (above by Fernando Ortega) and a prayer from the Odes Project Link
The Odes of Solomon are hymns of praise and devotion that we inherit from an early poet. The author, the Odist, was a Jew, conceivably an Essene because he intermittently evidences that he knew the Thanksgiving Hymns (the so-called hymnbook of the Qumran Community). The Odist eventually believed that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah and imagined: “The dove fluttered over the head of our Lord Messiah, /Because he was her head” (Ode 24:1).
Since 1909, when the Odes were found in a Syriac manuscript, scholars have edited the extant Greek, Coptic, Latin, and Syriac texts, and translated them into many modern languages, included English, German, and French. While the Odes are well known to historians and scholars, they are virtually unknown to theologians, church leaders, and the laity. The purpose of the Odes Project is to render a voice to the Odist’s creations and make the Odes familiar to all. A movement is now sweeping the world; it is a recognition that the Odes invigorate worship and supply a joy and happiness to liturgy.
Here is a Prayer: Ode 13
Join with our brothers and sisters from the Ist century.
Behold, the Lord is our mirror.
Open (your) eyes and see them in Him.
And learn the manner of your face,
And so declare praises to His Spirit.
Then wipe the paint from your face,
And love His holiness and put it on.
Then you will be unblemished at all times with Him.
A Prayer/Poem/Reflection found by C.S. Lewis Link
They tell me, Lord, that when I seem
To be in speech with you,
Since but one voice is heard, it’s all a dream, One talker aping two.
Sometimes it is, yet not as they
Conceive it. Rather, I
Seek in myself the things I hoped to say But lo!, my springs are dry.
Then, seeing me empty, you forsake
The listener’s role and through
My dumb lips breathe and into utterance wake The thoughts I never knew.
And thus you neither need reply
Nor do; thus, while we seem
Two talkers, thou art One forever, and I No dreamer, but thy dream.
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Brother Rogers Prayer Link
Brother Roger Schutz is Prior of the Taize Community in France.
Like your disciples on the road to Emmaus,
we are so often incapable of seeing that you,O Christ, are our companion on the way.
But, when our eyes are opened,
we realise that you were speaking to us, even though perhaps we had forgotten you.
Then the sign of our trust in you is that, in our turn, we try to love, to forgive with you.
Independent of our doubts or even our faith, O Christ, you are always there:
your love burns in our heart of hearts.
Faith and Worship Link
all the fancy words
in the world,
expressed in eloquent prose,
decorated with emotion,
spoken with conviction,
cannot compete with a heartfelt
when all other words fail.
There are times
when we are all too aware
of our limitations,
conscious of sin,
and the distance it creates between us.
is all the heart can bear to say aloud.
It is only you
who can read and understand
the language of our hearts,
only you who can translate our 'sorry'
into the prayer we would have prayed,
if we had the words within us.
Then you forgive,
and having forgiven
surround us in an embrace of love,
drawing us close to your heart,
as it was always meant to be.
Thank you, Loving Father,
that you listen to hearts,
as well as voices
Romans 15:5-6 (NIV) Benediction
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.