Today is the feast day of Julian of Norwich. She's a favorite English saint who experienced visions of Christ during a severe illness. Many believe her written account of these 'showings' to be the first book written by a woman in the English language.
While she's famous for her "all shall be well, all shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well," Julian also offers profound articulations of the meaning of human suffering, the life of the trinity, and the reach of salvation. She has beautiful language describing Jesus as mother which the Episcopal Church includes as two of the canticles contained in Enriching Our Worship. Below is the text of the Song of our True Nature; singing it is one of the things I still miss from evensong at GTS:
- Christ revealed our frailty and our falling, *
- our trespasses and our humiliations.
- Christ also revealed his blessed power, *
- his blessed wisdom and love.
- He protects us as tenderly and as sweetly when we are in greatest need; *
- he raises us in spirit
- and turns everything to glory and joy without ending.
- God is the ground and the substance, the very essence of nature; *
- God is the true father and mother of natures.
- We are all bound to God by nature, *
- and we are all bound to God by grace.
- And this grace is for all the world, *
- because it is our precious mother, Christ.
- For this fair nature was prepared by Christ
- for the honor and nobility of all, *
- and for the joy and bliss of salvation.
Ask The Priest post on the Feast of Julian