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Christ, the Sheep Gate

posted May 7, 2017, 10:51 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated May 7, 2017, 10:52 AM ]
This week, the liturgical music journal GIA Quarterly writes:

“This Sunday, let us enter into the mystery of Christ, the Sheep Gate.

Our journey of faith begins and ends with a door. When parents bring their child to be baptized, we meet them at the church doors. At the end of a Christian’s life, we welcome the body at the same doors in its final Passover into eternal life. The door is the thin space between life and death, the sign of the promise of life if only we enter it."

Since Christ is the door through whom we have been saved,
     Let every door remind us to be a sign of life for all we meet on the other side.
Let the doors of our hearts be the place where those who hunger and thirst
     are filled and where all creation is clothed in glory and sheltered safe from harm.
At the doors wherever Christians gather,
     may the sick find healing,
     prisoners know freedom,
     and our beloved dead be greeted by the saints.
And from all the passageways of our daily lives, send us, Lord,
     to share faith where there is doubt,
     to be light where there is darkness,
     to embrace the sinner,
     comfort the afflicted, offer forgiveness,
     and show patience and kindness to all.