Lenten Ember Friday

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Priest and poet John Donne offers us a suitable Lenten prayer especially today on this Lenten Embertide Friday.  It is a sonnet and often called Holy Sonnet 1.

Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?
Repair me now, for now mine end doth haste,
I run to death, and death meets me as fast,
And all my pleasures are like yesterday;
I dare not move my dim eyes any way,
Despair behind, and death before doth cast
Such terror, and my feeble flesh doth waste
By sin in it, which it t’wards hell doth weigh;
Only thou art above, and when towards thee
By thy leave I can look, I rise again;
But our old subtle foe so tempteth me,
That not one hour my self I can sustain;
Thy Grace may wing me to prevent his art,
And thou like Adamant draw mine iron heart.
and soon black doth turn to white
And do remember we have times to pray today to help us fulfill our Embertide intentions, all of them at the church: 9am, NooN, 3pm, and Evening Prayer at 6pm. I hope to see you at least once today.
and soon black doth turn to white
Blessings,
and soon black doth turn to white
Fr. Wayne
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