This is perhaps one of the first prayers written by and for women. It is taken from an Anglo-Saxon source and found in the Nunnaminster Manuscript and written around AD 900 by a nun in a Winchester convent. I found it in my local convent. What an amazing monastic treasure!
On the Ears
O God, my Lord,
in the moment of death,
was deaf to my wretchedness
but with ears open to the inward will
of your Father’s way.
I give you thanks,
and in so doing,
I ask forgiveness for these ears
whose hearing has been polluted
by the evil things that they have heard.
that never might I have to hear
in the day that will come,
the judge’s sentence
equal to the faults that I have heaped up,
from the fire of your love,
Lord Jesus Christ,
(An Anglo-Saxon Passion – David Scott SPCK 1999)