15th March

Christ Hands

There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served … All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it. Romans 12: 5, 27

Ultari, a friend of Brigid, is said to have fed with his own hands every child in Erin who had no support, and he provided particular care for the children whose mothers had died of the plague.

King Oswald used to pray with his hands open, easier to receive good things from God. He would then raise his hands to bless people with good things, and his prayers were put into practice.

For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good people to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Christ has no body on earth but yours
No hands but yours
No feet but yours
Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion is to look out for the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now
Teresa of Avila

Forgive us for the good we ought to have done which we have left undone
And for the things we have left undone which we ought to have done
Book of Common Prayer (adapted)

With these hands I bless the lonely,the forgotten
and the lost;
With these hands I shield your messengers
from attacks within, without;
With these hands I dispel darkness and rebuke
the evil forces;
With these hands I pray your victory for those who fight for right.