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Likeness litany: facing the Image

Formed in the image and likeness of God,

We rejoice;

Fired by violence and facing away,

We recoil;

Defaced, despairing, curved in on ourselves,

We cry;

Remaking, repairing, curved into the world,

You come, the Image of God.

With compassion, forgiveness, restoring the image,

You heal;

With powerfully piercing, incisive insight,

You teach;

With passion and proverb and practical story,

You preach.

Facing Jerusalem, challenging temple,

You suffer;

Surfacing from the depths of death,

You’re raised;

Infusing, renewing, the image refacing,

You pour out the fiery Spirit of God.

Being transfigured into your likeness,

From glory to glory;

With unveiled face, we face God’s Image,

Reflecting the light of the knowledge of God,

Seen in your face,

Jesus our Lord.

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