Presentation Day Novena – Day 4 – 15 November 2020

December 4, 2020 |

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,

“You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many…,

and a sword will pierce your own soul too…” Luke 2: 34-35


The Second Music


Now I understand that there are two melodies playing,

one below the other, one easier to hear, the other lower,

steady, perhaps more faithful for being less heard

yet always present.


When all other things seem lively and real,

this one fades. Yet the notes of it

touch as gently as fingertips, as the sound

of the names laid over each child at birth.


I want to stay in that music without striving or cover.

If the truth of our lives is what it is playing,

the telling is so soft

that this mortal time, this irrevocable change,

becomes beautiful. I stop and stop again

to hear the second music.


I hear the children in the yard, the train, then birds.

All this is in it and will be gone.

I set my ear to it as I would to a heart.

∼ Annie Lighthard: Iron String




Let us pray:

Blessed are you who bear the light

in unbearable times,

who testify to its endurance

amid the unendurable,

who bear witness to its persistence

when everything seems in shadow and grief.

Blessed are you in whom the light lives,

in whom the brightness blazes – 

your heart a chapel,

an altar where in the deepest night can be seen

the fire that shines forth in you

in unaccountable faith,

in stubborn hope,

in love that illuminates every broken thing it finds. 

∼ Jan Richardson: Circle of Grace p.47


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