Canon of Mercy

 

Mercy we abide in you, stir in us we pray. (2 x’s)


We praise you, Holy One of Compassion.
We bless you, Holy One of Tender Kindness.
We give you thanks, Holy One of Love who loved us first.
Today we name you God of Mercy.

In a world filled with distress, we give you thanks for the hope we find
when we are treated with compassion’s mercy.
In a world filled with unbalanced power, we give you thanks for the wisdom of community
calling us into circles of justice’s mercy.
In a world filled with misfortune and misunderstanding, we give you thanks for pardon’s mercy
and the many opportunities we have to practice being merciful.

ALL: Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. Mt. 5:7

We thank you profoundly for Brother Jesus, called by Pope Francis “The Face of Mercy.”
We thank you for the teachings of his sermons and parables blessing us when we are merciful.
We thank you for his life among us revealing the mystery of your divine love in his actions of forgiveness.

ALL: Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. Mt. 5:7

On the night before he died,
Jesus gathered his friends with kindness and compassion,
took bread, gave You thanks, and shared it, saying,
"Take this, all of you, and eat it.
This is my body, which will be given up for you."
Then he took the final cup of wine, gave You thanks, and shared it, saying,
"Take this, all of you, and drink from it.
This is the cup of my blood,
the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.
It will be shed for you and for all
so that sin may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of me."

In the mystery of faith let us pray:
Mercy we abide in you, stir in us we pray. (Over, please.)

Abide in us, God of Mercy, as we feed the many hungers of the dear neighbor,
offering them shelter and clothing.
Abide in us, God of Mercy, as we give alms to those who are poor.
Abide in us, God of Mercy, as we visit those who are sick and those imprisoned.
Abide in us, God of Mercy, as we bury the dead.

Mercy we abide in you, stir in us we pray.

Stir in us, God of Mercy, as we instruct and advise each sister from the humility of Your wisdom.
Stir in us, God of Mercy, as we console and comfort each brother from our wounded strength.
Stir in us, God of Mercy, as we forgive small slights and large injustices, bearing wrongs patiently.

And through your grace, mercy, and peace may we turn this same compassion to ourselves.

Mercy we abide in you, stir in us we pray.

As we strive to embrace a lifestyle of mercy, dear God,
surprise us with a patience we did not know was possible.
Surprise us with a tenderness buried under harsh or quick judgment.
Surprise us with such undeserved kindness that we are humbled forever.

May we be living witnesses to the mystery of your mercy
in the name of justice, the hope of peace, and the promise of endless love
all of our days.

ALL: We make this prayer of gratitude and promise
through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit;
All glory and honor is yours, All-loving God, forever and ever. AMEN.


[Please pass this sheet to the center and the coordinators or take it home for continued prayer.]
Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community © March 2017

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