Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Lenten Pilgrimage - 30

Today we are visiting St Gilbert's Lochinver, which meets at the Assynt Centre in Kirk Road.

The congregation in the Lochinver area first came together in 1979 and has continued to meet each month since.

Today we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph - Patron of the Universal Church, and we pray for Pope Francis as he inaugurates his Petrine Ministry in Rome.

Joseph was an old man,
and an old man was he,
When he wedded Mary,
in the land of Galilee.

Joseph and Mary walked
through an orchard good,
Where was cherries and berries,
so red as any blood.

Joseph and Mary walked
through an orchard green,
Where was berries and cherries,
as thick as might be seen.

O then bespoke Mary,
so meek and so mild:
‘Pluck me one cherry, Joseph,
for I am with child.’

O then bespoke Joseph,
with words most unkind:
‘Let him pluck thee a cherry
that brought thee with child.’

O then bespoke the babe,
within his mother’s womb:
‘Bow down then the tallest tree,
for my mother to have some.’

Then bowed down the highest tree
unto his mother’s hand;
Then she cried, See, Joseph,
I have cherries at command.

O then bespake Joseph:
‘I have done Mary wrong;
But cheer up, my dearest,
and be not cast down.’

Then Mary plucked a cherry,
as red as the blood,
Then Mary went home
with her heavy load.

Happy Feast!

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