“Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears!
“Say firmly: Our brothers shall not beat their plowshares into swords, their harvest blades in bayonets.
“Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
“Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. Read more ›
Let blessings leap from your lips, you People of Mercy!
For the One who saves is the One who serves.
Bring all that you are to this holy abode. Take off your shoes and lean into God’s breath.
Bring your heartaches and your hallelujahs; your disconcerting fears and your delightful fiestas. Read more ›
To the Blessed One of Heaven does my heart heave its burden.
For release from my shame, I wait all the day long.
Silence accusers; still every sharp tongue.
For pardon amid failure, I wait all the day long. Read more ›
Peace, like a river. Praise, like a songbird. Joy, like a fountain.
All these things, and more, in my soul.
I’ve got tears, like raindrops. Heartaches, by the handful. And protest—Lordy me, have I got protests.
All these things, and more, in my soul. Read more ›
In the company of these witnesses, round this table of remembrance of baptismal vows, within hearing of the One who delights in our company and in whose Promise we trust, let us make our professions.
What do we believe?
That we shall see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
What do we maintain? Read more ›
Oh Wondrous One, Who rides the skies and consorts with the earth— haunting the heavens, hounding mere mortals with the expectation of ecstasy—come and rouse hungry hearts with the aroma of your Presence.
Let the song of angels sound again, announcing glory to God and peace for the earth.
Give your people wombs of welcome to the news of reversal: the annulment of enmity and the Advent of promise.
Let every lip echo the jubilant manifesto of creation’s destiny with justice and with joy. Read more ›
Let the room be filled with laud and laughter, oh people of Mercy. Fill the air with music and merriment, with the sound of delight annulling the wail of indigence.
Praise your Maker, you wind and wave. Sun and moon and Bethlehem’s star, shout in exultation!
Let all that swim in the sea give thanks; all that walk on the land, rejoice; all that traverse the open sky, extol.
Bow down, you mighty mountains! Lift your heads, you humble valleys! Roar in applause, you deepest seas! Read more ›
Attend to my cry, O Lord; hide me in the
shadow of your wings.
Beloved One, my mouth praises you with
joyful lips; and in the shadow of your wings
my voice resounds.
“I will protect those who know my name,”
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Of God’s Unity, God says in the Holy Qur’an:
Say: He is God, the One! God, the Self-Sufficient
Besought of all! So invoke the Name of thy Lord
and devote thyself to Him with a complete devotion.
Of the necessity of love for the neighbor, the Prophet
Muhammad—peace and blessings be upon him—said:
“None of you has faith until you love for your
neighbor what you love for yourself.” Read more ›
In the beginning, all formless and void, the Breath of Heaven hovered deep within darkness. And the Word appeared, a Word beyond speech, tender, full of grace, issuing light and life from the Womb of God to water and stone and all creaturely flesh.
Oh, Breath of Heaven, Word of the Beloved, Song of Creation and Presence of Peace, grant grace upon grace to all creaturely flesh.
Oh, Weaver of Days and Rest-giving Nights, your Word-shaped world has grown deaf to your voice and blind to your light. Against every dark threat shine again the Sun of your righteous radiance. Let the chorus of angels sound again your melody of pardon.
Oh, Breath of Heaven, Word of the Beloved, Song of Creation and Presence of Peace, grant grace upon grace to all creaturely flesh. Read more ›