Speak Lord: Come to our aid

Abbey of St Victor, Marseille

As we pray the Psalm provided in the Lectionary for the first Sunday of Advent in Year B we take the part of the sheep, calling on our shepherd, calling for help.

Lord of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.

God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.

May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again;
give us life that we may call upon your name.

Lord of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Psalm 79:2-3,15-16,18-19

Why do we/you need a shepherd?

Who else does? And how might that shepherding, that care be offered?

A new initiative in Westminster is for the Church to better coordinate her care for the victims of human trafficking. Under the title of the Bakhita Project, the work is progressing, with new meetings in London and Rome this week. Please pray for those involved, helpers and victims. Some resources are available here.

The photograph is of a frieze, a detail from a paleo-Christian sarcophagus in the crypt of St Victor, Marseille. (c) 2013, Allen Morris. 

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