Thou Who Wast Center – Christina Rossetti – Rev 5

The Four and Twenty Elders Casting their Crowns before the Divine Throne circa 1803-5 by William Blake 1757-1827

Here is a lovely litany/prayer from the poet Christian Rossetti in her devotional volume on the Book of Revelation The Face of the Deep. Below is my edit for length and language that we used for our service focusing on this chapter of Revelation.

Thou Who Wast Center –
Christina Rossetti Revelation 5

Lord Jesus, holy and majestic are you in your high places. You are the center of all life, and from you all life flows. Beautiful and majestic were you also while you dwelled with man. Even when you were the Center where humiliations and sorrows met.

You who were the center of a stable, with two saints and harmless cattle and some shepherds for your court. Grant us lowliness.

You who were the Center of Bethlehem when Wise Men worshipped You. Grant us wisdom.

You who were the Center of the Temple, Grant us purity.

You who were the Center of Egypt which har­bored your people in exile. Be our refuge.

You who were the Center of all waters at Your Baptism in the river Jordan, still sanctify water to the mystical washing away of sin. Help us to remember our baptism

You who were Center of all desolate places dur­ing the forty days and forty nights, Comfort the desolate.

You who were Center of the marriage feast at Cana. Bless our rejoicing

You who were the Centre of a funeral proces­sion at Nain. Bless our mourning

You who were Center of Samaria as You sat on the well. Bring back strayed souls.

You who were Center of all heights on the Mount of Beatitudes, Grant us to sit with You in the heavenly places.

You who were Center of sufferers by the Pool of Bethesda. Heal us.

You who were Center of al harvest ground when You went through the cornfields with Your disciples. Make us bring forth the harvest thirty, sixty, a hundredfold.

You who were Center of mankind when You called unto yourself whom you would, Grant us grace to obey Your call.

You who were Center of love in the Upper Room. Forevermore give us that Bread.

You who were the Center of sorrows in Geth­semane. Console the sorrowful.

You who were the Center of the whole earth on Calvary, Reign over north and south, east and west.

You who were the Center of Life even while in the tomb. Forget not our dust.

Remember us, remember all, O our All in all.

Lord, remember us when You come into Your kingdom. Amen.

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