Prayer of St. Francis.
 Brother Eric

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Title:Prayer of St. Francis

"There are only five occurrences of the term 'berit' or 'covenant' in the Book of Hosea, and of these three concern relationships other than the relationship between Yahweh and Israel. Hosea 10.4 and 12.2 employ 'berit' simply as a political term, referring to treaties with Egypt and Assyria. Hosea 2.18 employs 'berit' in reference to a covenant of peace which Yahweh will make between humans and the animals: 'I will make for you a covenant on that day with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground'. As Claudia Camp observes, here 'berit' alludes 'not to the Mosaic covenant of law, but rather to a new and universal covenant which will include all living creatures in an embrace of peace'. (Keefe, 107)

*The Prayer of St. Francis*
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Date:ca. 1970
Artist:Brother Eric
Building:Church of Reconciliation
Object/Function:Stained glass

Scripture:Hosea 2:14-20
Person as Subject:Francis, of Assisi, 1182-1226
Lectionary links:BEpip08
General Subject:Birds

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Attribution:Brother Eric. Prayer of St. Francis, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 23, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:54164 Last Updated: 2022-09-08 10:43:00 Record Created: 2009-01-14 09:40:46
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Woman's body and the social body in Hosea
Author:Keefe, Alice A.
Publisher:Sheffield Academic Press