PSALM OF SAINT ANSELM
St Anselm wrote a "song" about Jesus as our mother, from which the ideas are taken.
- Let your children come to you, our God:
like a hen collects her brood, to keep them safe;
- as Jesus wept over his people:
you cry over us, our pride and our failings.
- But you, our God, are our mother and treat us with gentleness:
you gather us together, like children, for protection;
- you comfort us in sorrow and nurse us in sickness:
with the milk of heaven you feed us and soothe away our pain;
- tenderly you show us your care:
you shield us from hatred and fear;
- you draw us to your side for warmth and company:
holding our hand you give us comfort and strength.
- Despair turns to hope through your loving embrace:
and with your gracious encouragement we find ways to grow up.
- In your mercy and compassion, re-make us:
we are born to new life by your love.