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August 19, 2011

Jesu, joy, oh our heart's comfort

A hymn prayer for the International Day of Peace:

Jesu joy of our desiring
Holy wisdom, love most bright
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light

We have sought our own good fortune
Not accounting for the cost
Indifferent to your face among us –
hardened, weary, labored, lost.

Jesu, joy of every sparrow,
Ice and island, rare earth, pine,
Are cheap goods worth our denial
That all life is intertwined?

Jesu, joy, oh our heart’s comfort
Our life’s strength, our soul’s sweet sun,
We need love, unwavering vision
To restore what we’ve undone.

The first stanza is by Martin Jannas, written in 1661, translated anonymously and adapted slightly.

The other stanzas are by Dr. Kathryn Poethig PC(USA) participant in the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation and a member of the Advisory Committe on Social Witness Policy

Categories: International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, Peace, Prayer, Worship

Tags: acswp, international day of peace, international ecumenical peace convocation, peace, prayer worship

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