By no means an afterthought, the sixth part of “Glory of the Lord” focuses on the process by which we come to true love in Christ. That is to say, a recognition of fault and growth in the same breath–where we have come and where we are going. It reaffirms not only how much we are loved, but by the sacrifice of Christ, confirms our own capacity for love in the world God gave us. In essence, we calmly but joyfully proclaim: Despite it all, God loves us. You will note, again, that the voiced affirmation of love comes not from the celebrant, but from the congregation.

This is that proclaimed, then, The Enunciation of Love:

P. The chambers of the day have not held you, my God:
Not the sun nor the moon in dances of light
Nor the swales swollen with rains
Nor the fabric of the grass
Nor the maze of the forest.
From the thrust of the sea to the gates of the sky,
Boundless are you, roaming the shores and the fields.

R. Whatever are we to You, O God beyond all names?
Whatever bounty may we bring you, Christ, Lord and Redeemer?

P. Have we not upbraided you?
R. Even so: Your love embraces us.
P. Have we not beaten you?
R. Even so: Your love eases us.
P. Have we not insulted you?
R. Even so: Your love comforts us.
P. Have we not cursed you?
R. Even so: Your love extols us.
P. Have we not stripped you?
R. Even so: Your love enrobes us.
P. Have we not derided you?
R. Even so: Your love redeems us.
P. Have we not broken you?
R. Even so: Your love supports us.
P. Have we not defiled you?
R. Even so: Your love purifies us.
P. Have we not upended you?
R. Even so: Your love strengthens us.
P. Have we not infuriated you?
R. Even so: Your love consoles us.
P. Have we not scourged you?
R. Even so: Your love heals us.
P. Have we not hung you high upon a cross?
R. Even so: Your love forgives us.
P. Have we not put you to your very death?

R. Even so: Your love resurrects us.