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I CRY THEE MERCY, LORD, FOR ALL THOSE THAT ARE TEMPTED BY THEIR GHOSTLY ENEMIES

I CRY THEE MERCY, LORD, FOR ALL THOSE THAT ARE TEMPTED BY THEIR GHOSTLY ENEMIES

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all false heretics, and for all mis-believers, for all false tithepayers, thieves, adulterers, and all common women, and for all mischievous livers. Lord, for thy mercy, have mercy upon them, if it be thy will, and bring them out of their misbehaviour the sooner for my prayers.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all those that are tempted and vexed by their ghostly enemies, that thou, of thy mercy, will give them grace to withstand their temptations, and deliver them there-of, when it most pleaseth thee.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my ghostly fathers, that thou vouchsafe to spread as much grace in their souls as I would that thou didst in mine.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my children, ghostly and bodily, and for all the people in the world, that thou make their sins to me by true contrition, as it were my own sins, and forgive them as I would that thou forgive me.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my friends and all mine enemies, for all that are sick, especially for all lepers, for all bedridden men and women, for all that are in prison, and for all creatures that, in this world, have spoken of me either good or ill, or shall do so unto the world’s end.

Have mercy upon them, and be gracious to their souls as I would that thou wert to mine.

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)

 

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THERE IS MANY A SAINT IN HEAVEN WHO SOMETIME WAS HEATHEN ON EARTH

THERE IS MANY A SAINT IN HEAVEN WHO SOMETIME WAS HEATHEN ON EARTH

FROM THE PRAYERS OF MARGERY KEMPE, 14th/15th CENTURY 

I cry thee mercy, Blissful Lord, for the King of England and for all Christian kings, for all lords and ladies that are in this world. God set them in such behaviour that they may most please thee, and be lords and ladies in Heaven without end.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for the rich men in this world, who have thy goods in possession; give them grace to spend them to thy pleasing.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for Jews and Saracens and all heathen people.

Good Lord, have mind that there is many a saint in Heaven, who sometime was heathen on earth, and so thou hast spread thy mercy to them that are on earth.

Lord, thou sayest thyself that no man shall come to thee without thee nor any man be drawn unless thou drawest him. And therefore, if there be any man undrawn, I pray thee, draw him after thee.

Me thou hast drawn, Lord, and I deserved never to have been drawn, but after thy great mercy, thou hast drawn me. If all this world knew all my wickedness as thou dost, they would marvel and wonder at the great goodness thou hast shown me. I would that all this world were worthy to thank thee for me, and as thou hast made of unworthy creatures worthy ones, so make all this world worthy to thank thee and praise thee.

– From the modernised translation, 1936

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2019 in Intercessory Prayers

 

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WHEN SHE WAS COME INTO YORK, SHE WENT TO AN ANCHORESS…

WHEN SHE WAS COME INTO YORK, SHE WENT TO AN ANCHORESS…

“When she was come into York, she went to an anchoress who had loved her well ere she went to Jerusalem, to have knowledge of her ghostly increase, also desiring, for more ghostly communication, to eat with the anchoress that day nothing else but bread and water, for it was on Our Lady’s Eve.

And the anchoress would not receive her, because she had heard so much evil told of her, so she went forth to other strange folk, and they made her right good cheer for Our Lord’s love.

On a day, as she sat in a church in York, Our Lord Jesus Christ said to her soul: “Daughter, there is much tribulation thee-ward.” She was somewhat gloomy and abashed there-of, and therefore she, sitting still, answered not. Then said Our Blessed Lord again: “What! Daughter, art thou evil paid to suffer more tribulation for My love? If thou wilt suffer no more, I shall take it away from thee.” Then she answered: “Nay, Good Lord, let me be at thy will, and make me mighty and strong to suffer all that ever thou wilt that I suffer, and grant me meekness and patience there-with.”

So, from that time forward, as she knew that it was Our Lord’s will that she should suffer more tribulation, she received it goodly when Our Lord would send it, and thanked Him highly There-of, being right glad and merry the day that she suffered any discomfort. And in process of time, that day on which she suffered no tribulation, she was not merry nor glad as the day on which she suffered tribulation.

Afterwards, as she was in the Minster of York aforesaid, a clerk came to her, saying: “Damsel, how long will ye abide here?” – “Sir, I propose to abide these fourteen days.” And so she did.

In that time many good men and women prayed her to meat, and made her right good cheer, and were right glad to hear her dalliance, having great marvel of her speech, for it was fruitful.

Also she had many enemies who slandered her, scorned her, and despised her, of whom one man came to her while she was in the said Minster, and taking her by the collar of her gown, said to her: “Thou wolf! What is this cloth that thou hast on?” She stood still and would not answer in her own cause. Children of the monastery going beside, said to the man: “Sir, it is wool.” The man was annoyed because she would not answer, and began to swear many great oaths.

Then she began to speak for God’s cause; she was not afraid. She said: “Sir, ye should keep the commandments of God and not swear as negligently as ye do.” The man asked her who kept the commandments. She said: “Sir, they that keep them.” Then said he: “Keepest thou them?” She answered: “Sir, it is my will to keep them, for I am bound there-to, and so are ye, and every man that will be saved at the last.” When he had long jangled with her, he went away privily ere she was aware, so that she knew not where he went.”

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)

 

 

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“I AM HE THAT IS HIGHEST”

FROM A REVELATION TO MOTHER JULIAN OF NORWICH

I am he that is highest
I am he whom you love
I am he whom you like
I am he whom you serve
I am he for whom you have longed
I am he whom you desire
I am all that you can mean
I am all that is all
I am he that Holy Church teaches and preaches
I am he that has shown himself here to you.

(XII Revelation, Chapter 26; 14th century)

 
 

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