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Preparing for Worship, poem by Peter Menkin

by Peter Menkin  
11/14/2009 / Poetry

By Peter Menkin
June 20, 2008

God, in the Sacristy of the Church:
We encounter you-- as
We go about our routine
Preparing for Communion.

Yet aware of beauty and the gratitude:
This is the day the Lord has made,
Let us be glad in it.

Doing the work of worship:
Preparing in this room, holy
Sacred items reverently placed.

One of us prepares the wine
for Communion,
for blessing:
Contained in silver; and the water,
For blessing, contained in silver.

The bread for the Body, prepared,
for Communion,
for blessing,
Offered on silver. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
These items that are earthly, memorials of You.

How lovely is your presence:
This sacred time of waiting,
Working, preparing, as we speak
Together quietly, in peace.

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Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.

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