59  A Song of Divine Love


All   Love bears all things

and will never come to an end.

1    Love is patient and kind,  

love is not jealous or boastful,

it is not arrogant or rude.

2    Love does not insist on its own way,  

it is not angry or resentful.

3    It does not rejoice in wrongdoing  

but rejoices in the truth.

4    Love bears all things and believes all things;  

love hopes all things and endures all things.

5    Love will never come to an end,  

but prophecy will vanish,

tongues cease and knowledge pass away.

6    Now we know only in part  

and we prophesy only in part,

7    But when the perfect comes,  

the partial shall pass away.

8    When I was a child, I spoke like a child,  

I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.

9    But when I became mature,  

I put an end to childish ways.

10  For now we see only puzzling reflections in a mirror,  

but then we will see face to face.

11  Now I know only in part;  

then I shall know fully,

even as I have been fully known.

12  There are three things that last for ever,

faith, hope and love,  

but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13.4-13

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

All   Love bears all things

and will never come to an end.


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