St. Teresa of Avila (transferred)

TAvila-Lynn Taggart

October 15 — St. Teresa de Jesus (1515-1582)

Invitation to Worship

The God of Love and virgin’s crown:  Come, let us adore!

We make the Sign of the Cross over our  lips as we begin.

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


In you Adonai!

I have found my peace!


Morning Hymn

Now from the heavens descending 
is seen a glorious light,

the bride of Christ in splendor,
 arrayed in purest white.

She is the holy city,
 whose radiance is the grace

of all the saints in glory,
 from every time and place.


This is the hour of gladness 
for bridegroom and for bride.

The Lamb’s great feast is ready,
 his bride is at his side.

How blest are those invited
 to share his wedding feast:

the least become the greatest,
 the greatest are the least.


The One enthroned in heaven 
takes up a dwelling place

among this chosen people,
 who see God face to face.

No sound is heard of weeping, 
for pain and sorrow cease,

and sin shall reign no longer, 
but love and joy and peace.


See how a new creation
 is brought at last to birth,

a new and glorious heaven,
 a new and glorious earth.

Death’s power for ever broken, 
its empire swept away,

the promised dawn of glory 
begins its endless day.





Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed.

Canticle from Jeremiah 31:2-8

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;

I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

I will build you up again,

and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.


Again you will take up your timbrels

and go out to dance with the joyful.

Again you will plant vineyards

on the hills of Samaria;

the farmers will plant them

and enjoy their fruit.



There will be a day

when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim,

‘Come, let us go up to Zion,

to Adonai our God.’”



This is what Adonai says:

“Sing with joy for Jacob;

shout for the foremost of the nations.

Make your praises heard, and say,

‘Adonai, save your people,

the remnant of Israel.’



See, I will bring them from the land of the north

and gather them from the ends of the earth.

Among them will be the blind and the lame,

expectant mothers and women in labor;

a great throng will return.



Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before,

So now and evermore, Amen.

Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed.



READING     Poem of St. Teresa

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion is to look out to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless all humankind right now.

Silent Prayer



Nada te turbe, nada te espante Quien a Dios tiene nada le falta.

Nada te turbe, nada te espante Solo Dios, basta.


Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


At midnight the cry was heard:

“Behold the bridegroom comes, go to meet him.” Alleluia!

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen.

At midnight the cry was heard:

“Behold the bridegroom comes, go to meet him.” Alleluia!

Intercessory Prayer

Today may there be peace within.

May we trust God that we are exactly where we are meant to be.
May we not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May we use those gifts that we have received, and pass on the love that has been given to us.
May we be content knowing that we are children of God.
May God’s presence settle into our bones, and allow our soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.




Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


 Closing Prayer & Blessing

Holy One and God of endless Compassion, you are the joy of all creation and the praise of all your saints.   We rejoice today in the fellowship of your blessed servant Teresa and we give you thanks for her humor, her compassion for others, her zeal for authenticity, her mystical wisdom and her love for life which continue to delight and inspire us. Fill us with life and light, and give us perseverance to serve you all our days;  For yours is the power and glory of love now and forever.  Amen.


Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you.

All things are passing,

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things,

Whoever has God, lacks nothing.

God is enough.



Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.