May this parish shelter your life.
When you come here,
may all the weight of the world
fall from your shoulders.
May your heart be tranquil here;
blessed by peace the world cannot give
May this parish be a lucky place,
where the graces your life desires
always find a pathway to your door.
May nothing destructive
ever cross this threshold.
May this be a safe place;
full of understanding and acceptance;
Where you can be as you are
without the need of any mask
of pretense or image.
May this parish be a place of discovery,
where the possibilities that sleep
in the clay of your soul can emerge
to deepen and refine your vision
for all that is yet to come to birth.
May it be a parish of courage,
where healing and growth are loved.
dignity and forgiveness prevail;
a parish where patience of spirit is prized
and the sight of the destination is never lost,
though the journey can be difficult and slow.
May there be great delight here.
May it be a parish of welcome
for the broken and diminished.
May we always have the eyes to see,
that no visitor arrives without a gift
and no guest leaves without a blessing.
— Based on the blessing “For a New Home” by John O’Donohue
From Saint Mary Episcopal Church, Hyannis MA, Annual Meeting, February 2011