To read the following prayer, you would think it was written by a modern, feminist, possibly "liberal" -- certainly an ardent advocate for gender inclusive language!! In fact, it was written by Anselm (1033-1109), a Mediaeval archbishop of Canterbury:
Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to
you are gentle with us as a mother with her
Often you weep over our sins and our pride:
tenderly you draw us from hatred and
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our
in sickness you nurse us and with pure
milk you feed us.
Jesus, by your dying, we are born to new
by your anguish and labour we come forth
Despair turns to hope through your sweet
through your gentleness, we find comfort
Your warmth gives life to the dead:
your touch makes sinners righteous.
Lord Jesus, in your mercy, heal us:
in your love and tenderness, remake us.
In your compassion, bring grace and
for the beauty of heaven, may your love