|St. Photios Greek Orthodox Church, St. Augustine, Fl.|
O Passionate Creator, today we celebrate Mary, Mother of Jesus, as blessed and beloved from the first moment of her existence.
May we affirm our deepest reality as blessed and beloved from the moment of our conception.
O Nurturing God may we see your feminine face.
May we open our hearts, like Mary, to give and receive God's mothering love.
O Wisdom, Sophia, may we be contemplate our oneness in the cosmos.
May we like Mary, reflect the depths of love that connects us to one another and builds community
O Heart of Compassion, may we see you in the lowly and oppressed.
May we, like Mary, our sister, live as disciples and equals, in generous service to those in need.
O Doer of Justice may we take action for justice and equality in our world.
May, we like Mary, act as champions of the least and last, and transform unjust structures and policies.
O Giver of All Gifts, may we give abundantly of our times, presence and treasure.
May, we, like Mary, serve those who would appreciate a listening ear, a loving heart and a good meal.
O Blessed and Beloved, we are the Body of Christ in our world today.
May, we like Mary, live peacefully, love tenderly and live simply, aware of our oneness and responsibility to all living beings on earth.
Bridget Mary Meehan, www.arcwp.org