the five different categories of prayer are adoration, confession, petition, praise, and thanksgiving




"Robert Lowell wrote a poem about the 1950's papal bull on the assumption of Mary, "Beyond the Alps" (I think it's in the volume For the Union Dead, or perhaps in Life Studies.) It's one of those poems that I like a lot, but don't really understand. I think this was, for him, the last straw in his move away from the Catholic Church. One of my favorite moments is, I think, a kind of joke: the pope holding a canary (Mary) and an electric razor (science)."

(from my friend Rick St. John)




joyful mysteries

annunciation
visitation
nativity
presentation
finding in the temple

sorrowful mysteries

agony in the garden
scourging at the pillar
crowning with thorns
carrying of the cross
crucifixion and death of our lord

glorious mysteries

resurrection
ascension
descent of the holy spirit
assumption
coronation of the virgin in heaven




All things I see suspended through spirit;
All things borne along through spirit;
Flesh depending on soul,
Soul bound to air,
Air depending on ether,
From the depth, fruit brought forth,
From the mother's womb, a child.

Theros (Harvest), by Valentinus
Elaine Pagels translation
see also Andrew McGowan, "Valentinus Poeta: Notes on Theros" Vigiliae Christianae 51.2 (1997), 158-178


Round Dance of the Cross
in Acts of John 94.9-95.50

Glory to you, Father.
Amen
Glory to you, Logos;
glory to you, Grace.
Amen
Glory to you, Spirit;
glory o you, Holy One.
Amen
We praise you, Father;
we thank you, Light, in whom dwells no darkness.
Amen
I am a light to you who see me
Amen
I am a mirror to you who know me
Amen
I am a door to you who knock upon me
Amen
I am a way to you, the traveler.
Amen
Woever dances belongs to the whole
Amen
Whoever does not dance does not know what happens
Amen