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Litanies

These are texts used in women’s liturgies.
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Litany on collaborative authority

O Sustainer and giver of life, free your people from the temptations of power, from the urge to control rather than enable.

All: Spirit, liberate us from the forces of domination

O Loving Empowerer, help us to challenge abuse of authority wherever it is to be found, including in ourselves.

All: Come Spirit, give us strength not to walk by on the other side

O Still Small Voice, help the People of God to learn to listen to each other, and for those in authority to understand the strength that comes from true consultation

All: Come Spirit of Understanding, deepen our insights

O Loving Creator, help us to affirm ourselves and others, understanding that we are all uniquely created and have a voice that needs to be heard.

All: Come, Creator of Diversity and help us see the value of difference

O God who made both women and men in your image, help your church not to deface its image by treating women as inferior beings. Help us to recognise and challenge discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, clericalism and other excuses for exclusion

All: Come Spirit of Equality and imbue us with the values of inter-connectedness with all created nature, human and non-human.

All: O Loving God, lead us in your ways and breathe courage in your people so we may truly reflect in our lives the loving mutuality of the Trinity.

Reader I (Reading from the Heart of Flesh by Joan Chittister)

What the world needs are more circles and fewer pyramids. Circles are strange and wonderful things. No one knows where a circle either begins or ends. No one can tell what is its most accomplished part. There is no up to go to in a circle, no steps to climb to arrive there, no top to get to, no crowning point upon which to plant a flag or stake a claim or build a throne... Iadders and pyramids assume a society of serfs, of peasants, of lackeys and underlings, of in-group and out-groups, of higher and lower classes. Circles on the other hand, assume a society of equals. It isn’t that circles are disorderly or chaotic; its just that they depend more on consensus than they do on control.."

Litany of the travellers

We are wayfarers, following roads
to the ends of the earth,
pilgrims on our way to the end of the age.
‘Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

We are travellers on the road to freedom,
a community of grace
with good news for all we meet.

‘Behold, I am with you to the ‘end of the age.’

We’ll travel lightly, travel together,
learn as we go; we are disciples,
our mission is love,
the journey is long
‘Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

We travel with authority
fearful of none;
we are sent, opponents of evil,
heralds of hope.
‘Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

We’ll travel with humility,
no task is too small;
We are servants, the cross is our compass,
Love is our sign.
Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

When the way is uncertain,
shadows are sinister,
and dangers threaten,
We’ll not be afraid, but take heart
Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

From Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation,
Advent ‘86 Campaign Kit
Centre for Mindanao Studies. Philippines.

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