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A few years ago I bought a new album, and if you've never heard the "The Prayer Cycle," it's a really interesting album. It's a 9 movement suite with a strange cast of singers in modes you probably haven't heard them before. It's an eclectic musical hodge-podge of multiple religious ideas, so I'd not recommend going to it for devotional reasons. It does have some moving sections, though. Anyway, there's a movement by Alanis Morissette entitled "Mercy" that has these lyrics, which I think are worth pondering. The first couple lines are particularly powerful:

We have slaughtered In the garden of beauty Digging graves instead of planting Mercy for the crucified A bitter justice Begging eternity for love

I'd love to hear what you read in those lyrics.


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