Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hymn Lyrics, Easter, and the Revelation

As I planned Sunday's traditional service, I noticed some neat connections between common hymn lyrics and the themes from the Revelation for Eastertide 2010. Check out "Holy, Holy, Holy!", verse 2:

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

And, a Charles Wesley communion hymn I've never sung before, "O Thou Who This Mysterious Bread", verses 1-2 . . . but it doesn't quite fit for this Sunday. It includes the theme of "unsealing" as proclamation, just like the Revelation's vision of the seven unsealings of the scroll and the proclamation of the Lamb.

O Thou who this mysterious bread
didst in Emmanuel break,
return, herewith our souls to feed,
and to thy followers speak.

Unseal the volume of thy grace,
apply the gospel word;
open our eyes to see thy face,
our hearts to know the Lord.

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