Sunday, April 12, 2020

Fulbert: Sing, choirs of New Jerusalem

Sunday, April 12, 2020
    Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
    —John 20:18 (NIV)
Ye choirs of New Jerusalem,
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In songs of holy joy!

For Judah’s Lion burst his chains
And crushed the serpent’s head;
Christ cries aloud through death’s domains
To wake the imprisoned dead.

Triumphant in his glory now,
To him all power is given;
To him in one communion bow
All saints in earth and heaven.

All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory to the Spirit be
While endless ages run.
    ... Fulbert of Chartres (d. 1028), tr. Robert Campbell (1814-1868), Songs of Praise, enl. ed., Ralph Vaughan Williams, et al., ed., Oxford University Press, 1931, p. 44 (see the book)
    See also John 20:18; Gen. 3:15; 49:9-10; Matt. 28:18; Rev. 5:5-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have made Your victory ours as well.

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