"I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Son, let this woman be a bride to you in the restoration of my people. Let her be a mother for these people, regenerating souls through the salvation of spirit and water.'" (Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hymn: Fruitful Tree of Charity

Fruitful tree of charity, high eternal fire;
Satisfy our hunger, deepen our desire;
Let our tears and longing for the bread of life
Form us in your image, heal our wounds and strife.

Running in your footprints, O Christ crucified,
Learning true compassion, out of which you died;
Melt our frozen, fearful hearts with your precious blood,
Bathe us in the mercy of its fragrant flood.

Grant us strength and courage through our mother, prayer;
Make us dwell in knowledge of your tender care;
May the Spirit’s gentle light open wide our eyes
To the radiance in each person that you prize.

Deep abyss and sea of peace, bridge to light divine;
Living fountain, joyous love, sweetest truth and vine;
Quench our every thirst in you, nourish us with grace,
Cherish us and guide us, till we see your face. Amen.

Text: Laura Marie Grimes, copyright 2000, inspired by Catherine of Siena’s letters and Dialogue
Tune: Adoro te devote 6 5 6 5 D

It's almost Lent, though we have yet to feast on my Mardi Gras chili verde and chocolate mint brownies. So here's an appropriate hymn inspired by Catherine of Siena's Dialogue and letters and appropriately set to a favorite Eucharistic chant. It was written as I taught her theology in a couple courses at a wonderful little women's college with ComputerGuy in tech support and teaching a Java class and Nick in the campus preschool, and eventually sung at a wonderful "Women at the Cross" service in an Episcopal parish where I was on the Taize team. This was several years before the birth of my beloved Katherine Rose but of course became dedicated to her as soon as she arrived!

(Image: Nyoman Subrata).

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