the pastoral prayer

Saint Aelred of Rievaulx

Translated by A Religious of C.S.M.V.
Edited by Matthew Dallman


Here begins
of Venerable Aelred, the Abbot of Rievaulx,
a Prayer composed and regularly used by him,
and apt for those who are set over others,
Abbots especially.


O Good Shepherd Jesus,
good, gentle, tender Shepherd,
behold a shepherd, poor and pitiful,
a shepherd of the sheep indeed,
but weak and clumsy and of little use,
cries out to Thee.
To thee, I say, Good Shepherd,
this shepherd, who is not good, makes his prayer.
He cries to thee,
troubled upon his own account, and troubled for the sheep.

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