Tuesday, May 19, 2009

St. Matthias Prayer

Last Thursday the 14th was the commemoration of St. Matthias. But the first lesson for this Sunday, the 7th Sunday of Easter is Acts 1:15–17, 21–26, describes how Matthias being chosen to take Judas place by drawing lots. And I got this wonderful prayer from my friend Erik that I wanted to share.

Matthias, patron saint of
tailors, carpenters alcoholism, and Gary Indiana--
well, here's the day he gets chosen
to replace Judas the betrayer
and then there's no more
about Matthias, except mystery.

Meanwhile we eavesdrop on your prayer, Lord,
asking protection for your loved ones,
sending them out into the world;
they must have been confused at all this.

Not all of us are the big names
upon which you build your church;
some of us wonder if we're more Judas than not
and others feel like Matthias, fading into
the background. Even so,
Sew us together into one great piece;
One holy, whole home
for sinners and saints alike.

© 2009 Erik Doughty. Permission to reproduce this work is granted only when
the author is credited.


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  2. This is great! Thanks for sharing it!!