freedom in service

Christ and disciples at table in the house of Symeon the leper, with Mary Magdalen and Martha serving

Eternal God, you are
   the light of the minds that know you,
   the light of the souls that love you,
   the strength of the wills that serve you;
help us to know you so that we may truly love you,
   to love you so that we may fully serve you,
   and find that serving you is perfect freedom.

Gelasian Sacramentary, 5th century, liturgy the Merovingian church in what is now France
freely modified


For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.
But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.
Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love

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