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From “Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals” (May 10, p. 273-274)

Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130)
In March 1622, Rome surprised many people by recognizing Isidore as a saint. He founded no order, nor did he write a single book. He was a simple farmworker who spent his life tilling the land, mostly for the same wealthy landowner. With his wife, Maria, he bore a son who died in childhood. Isidore knew the hardship, toil, and sorrow that are very familiar to many. He went to worship daily and prayed continuously in the fields, displaying the simple and profound faith shared by campesinos around the globe. It was said that angels could be seen assisting Isidore in the fields as he plowed. Though he had very little wealth, he became known for generosity and hospitality, especially to the stranger or the lonely. He died on May 15, 1130.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you
as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come let us bow down and bend the knee: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Shine the light of your justice, God: in our hearts and on our world.

Psalm 51: 11-13
Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence: and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again: and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

Shine the light of your justice, God: in our hearts and on our world.

Numbers 13:31-14:25 Luke 6:1-11

Shine the light of your justice, God: in our hearts and on our world.

This instruction is found in the ancient Codex Bezae: “Seek to grow from smallness, and from the higher place move down to the lowest.”

Prayers for Others

Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Jesus, we believe in your kingdom coming. Even amid pain and despair, we believe that with each brave prophet - with each unknown disciple who stretches her arm as a bridge between a broken world and a holy kingdom - you are laying another brick for the New Jersualem. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing,
at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing,
once again into our doors. Amen


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