(Unauthorised) Proper Preface for the Feast of St Clare of Assisi
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
All glory and honour to you, O Christ,
for in your face we see mirrored the Father,
and in your love we are embraced by the Creator of all.
You are the Word sent forth by the Father to make stars and planets,
atoms and diatoms, quokkas and humans,
and all the wonderful diversity of life.
We thank you for Saint Clare who focuses our hearts in quiet gratitude.
We thank you, Christ, for your obedience to the Father, obedience to death, even death on a cross.
In the life of Clare also, we trace the grace of obedience and enduring love.
And so with all the mysterious beings of heaven, with angels and archangels, with saints in heaven and saints on earth,
with Clare and her holy Sisters,
with men and women gathered around your altar with us,
we praise you and we glorify you, saying,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord…