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Hymn and Prayers for Candlemas


"Joy to the World"


Reading & Collect

This week's readings can be found here Luke 2.22-40

Our weekly reflection will be part of our Online Service on our Facebook Page on Sunday


Poem


Love (III)

George Herbert (1593-1633)


Love bade me

welcome: yet my soul drew back,

Guiltie of dust and sinne.

But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack

From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,

If I lack'd anything.

A guest, I answer'd, worthy to be here:

Love said, You shall be he.

I, the unkinde, ungratefull? Ah my deare,

I cannot look on thee.

Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,

Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marr'd them: let my shame

Go where it doth deserve.

And know you not, sayes Love, who bore the blame?

My deare, then I will serve.

You must sit down, sayes Love, and taste my meat:

So I did sit and eat.


To Pray for

  • People suffering poverty all over the world

  • Russia and Ukraine, may they keep the peace and refrain from war

  • Families being reunited with their loved ones in care homes now that restrictions are easing




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