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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Prayer: A Blessing for those leaving Eucharist

O Christ, you are within each of us. It is not just the interior of these walls: It is our own inner being that you have renewed. We are your temple not made with hands. We are your body. If every wall crumbles and every church decays, we are your habitation. Nearer are you than breathing, closer than hands and feet. Ours are the eyes with which you, in the mystery, look out with compassion on the world. Yet we bless you for this place, for your directing of us, your redeeming of us, and your indwelling. Take us outside, O Christ, outside holiness, out to where soldiers curse and nations clash at the crossroads of the world. So shall this building continue to be justified. We ask it for your own name's sake.