Testimony of Earth

For this demon who harms men and corrupts them is particularly anxious that his servants not gaze up to heaven but instead that they be bent over to the earth and make bricks inside themselves from clay.
(Gregory of Nyssa, The Life of Moses)

At the moment of exhaling, he sanctified
the clay he shaped by his outbreathing, yet
sacred clay was only ever for shaping, not
to be shaped by. Instead
my eyes are always turned groundward and I
play in the mud pies of my mind despite
the heavenly witness that clamours for me with its voiceless speech
and, for lack
of willing human witnesses, rocks
clear stony throats to shout.

Prayers of Intercession (Cornucopia of Heaven)

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Prayers of Intercession

After Felix Mendelssohn, “Veni Domine, Op.39”

 

Veni Domine, et noli tardare.

Come, Lord, and do not delay.

(Traditional prayer)

 

With empty horn
      and plaintive voice:
                Veni domine, 
                    we cry.
Sunk in mire,
      sunk in self:
              Et noli tardare.

Our earth is cracked, our reservoirs dry:
            Veni domine, we cry.
With rising anguish, rising hearts:
            Et noli tardare.

Awaiting future harvest, while
the crops are languid in these days
                        O Veni domine,
                        we cry.
The horn of plenty has no sound
            but groans of prayer,
               from Spirit fuelled:
                        O Veni Domine, et Veni
                               Domine, et Veni                                                                                                Domine…

With dread and hope, in mounting cry:
            Veni domine, O Veni
                        Domine –
                               Expectant,
            at the clouds we sit:
                   O Lord –
            Come; do not delay.