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Who shall find a valiant woman?  Who shall find a valiant woman?

Look! We are all around you: 
in the work rooms of industry, 
and of every functioning enterprise, 
unheralded, invisible,
some say non existent, but we know otherwise.

Who shall find a valiant woman?

Look! We are all around you: contributing, setting standards, 
changing the course of history, preparing, supporting,
challenging those resentful of our collegial claims and capabilities.

Who shall find a valiant woman?

Look! We are all around you: Woman of courage, compassionate, patient. Our number is legion, our gifts diverse, our goal one and the same:  that history hear, that history is cognizant of, 
that history will one day recall our names.

We honour the women of the Hebrew scriptures, especially Mary, the Mother of Jesus, whose courage, persistence, love, and fidelity
kept the lineage of faith alive.

We honour the women of Jesus' time Who cared for the community of believers; Who followed Jesus to Calvary; Who buried Him; 
Who proclaimed Jesus' resurrection
Who passed the Gospel to their families, friends and strangers;

We honour the valiant women of our own time
Who nudge us back on track;
Who remind us of the promises of Christ'
Who claim the Gospel for women, too;
Who preach the reality of wholeness;
Who strain against a patriarchal church
Who challenge us to grow!

Living God, Today we gather in and among Your Presence.
Valiant and we, raise our voices in global petition
for your promise of wholeness --fullness of life--
to be realized in all our world, in our nations and in our lives. 
This we pray in Your Name. 

AMEN

 


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