Wednesday, August 07, 2019

John of Damascus: The day of resurrection!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    Commemoration of John Mason Neale, Priest, Poet, 1866
    While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”
    —Luke 24:4-7 (NIV)
’Tis the day of resurrection!
    Earth! tell it out abroad!
The Passover of gladness!
    The Passover of God!
From death to life eternal,—
    From this world to the sky,
Our Christ has brought us over,
    With hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil,
    That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal
    Of Resurrection-Light:
And, listening to His accents,
    May hear, so calm and plain,
His own—All hail!—and, hearing,
    May raise the victor strain!

Now let the heavens be joyful!
    Let earth her song begin!
Let the round world keep triumph,
    And all that is therein:
Invisible and visible,
    Their notes let all things blend,—
For Christ the Lord has risen,—
    Our joy that hath no end.
    ... John of Damascus (c.676-749) & John Mason Neale (1818-1866), in Hymns of the Eastern Church, London: J. T. Hayes, 1870, p. 95 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:1-12; Ps. 18:46; 22:30-31; 46:10; 118:23-24; Isa. 25:1; Luke 24:36-49; 1 Cor. 15:20-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we raise our hymn to Your triumph over death.

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