Archive for the ‘Epiphany/Ordinary Time’ Category

In His Temple Now Behold Him   3 comments

Presentation Icon

Above:  Icon of the Presentation of Jesus

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessor bodies

Original German Words (1674) by Johann Franck (1618-1677)

English Translation (1863) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

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1.  Light of Gentile nations,

Thy people’s Joy and Love!

Drawn by Thy Spirit hither,

We gladly come to prove

Thy presence in Thy temple,

And wait with earnest mind,

As Simeon once had waited

His Saviour God to find.

2.  O Lord, Thy servants meet Thee,

E’en now, in ev’ry place

Where Thy true Word hath promised,

That they should see Thy face.

Thou yet wilt gently grant us,

Who gather round Thee here,

In faith’s strong arms to bear Thee,

As once that aged seer.

3.  Be Thou our Joy, our Brightness,

That shines ‘mid pain and loss,

Our sun in times of terror,

The glory round our cross;

A glow in sinking spirits,

A sunbeam in distress,

Physician, Friend in sickness,

In death our happiness.

4.  Let us, O Lord, be faithful,

With Simeon, to the end,

That so his dying song may

From all our hearts ascend:

“O Lord, let now Thy servant

Depart in peace for aye,

Since I have seen my Saviour,

Have here beheld His day.”

5.  My Saviour, I behold Thee

Now with the eye of faith;

No foe of Thee can rob me,

Though bitter words he saith.

Within Thy heart abiding,

As Thou dost dwell in me,

No pain, no death hath terrors

To part my soul from Thee.

‘Tis Good, Lord, To Be Here   5 comments

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Above:  Mt. Hermon, Scene of the Transfiguration

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-22609

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Words (1888) by J. (Joseph) Armitage Robinson (1858-1933)

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1.  ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here,

Thy glory fills the night;

Thy face and garments, like the sun,

Shine with unborrowed light.

2.  ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here,

Thy beauty to behold

Where Moses and Elijah stand,

Thy messengers of old.

3.  Fulfiller of the past,

Promise of things to be,

We hail Thy body glorified

And our redemption see.

4.  Before we taste of death,

We see Thy kingdom come;

We fain would hold the vision bright

And make this hill our home.

5.  ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here.

Yet we may not remain;

But since Thou bidst us leave the mount,

Come with us to the plain.

When Mother Love Makes All Things Bright   3 comments

Adoration of the Shepherds

Above:  The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Andrea Mantegna

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1895) by Tudor Jenks (1857-1922)

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1.  When  mother love makes all things bright,

When joy comes with the morning light;

When children gather round their tree,

Thou, Christmas Babe, we sing of thee.

2.  When manhood’s brows are bent in thought

To learn what men of old have taught,

When eager hands seek wisdom’s key,

Wise Temple Child, we learn of thee!

3.  When doubts assail, and perils fright,

When, groping blindly in the night,

We strive to read life’s mystery,

Man of the Mount, we turn to thee!

4.  When shadows of the valley fall,

When sin and death the soul appall,

One light we through the darkness see–

Christ on the Cross, we cry to thee!

5.  And when the world shall pass away,

And dawns at length the perfect day,

In glory shall our souls made free,

Thou God enthroned, then worship thee.

In His Temple Now Behold Him   2 comments

Presentation Icon

Above:  Icon of the Presentation of Jesus

Scan Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

I found the icon in a thrift store in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Stanzas #1-3 (1851) by Henry John Pye (Circa 1825-1903), an Anglican priest who converted to Roman Catholicism in 1868

Stanza #4 (1853) by William Cooke 1821-1894), a priest of the Church of England

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1.  In His Temple now behold Him,

See the long-expected Lord;

Ancient prophets had foretold Him–

God has now fulfilled His word.

Now to praise Him, His redeemed

Shall break forth with one accord.

2.  In the arms of her who bore Him,

Virgin, pure, behold Him lie,

While His aged saints adore Him

Ere in faith and hope they die.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Lo, th’incarnate God most high.

3.  Jesus, by Thy presentation,

Thou who didst for us endure,

Make us see our great salvation,

Seal us with Thy promise sure,

And present us in Thy glory

To Thy Father, cleansed and pure.

4.  Prince and Author of salvation,

Be Thy boundless love our theme!

Jesus, praise to Thee be given

By the world Thou didst redeem,

With the Father and the Spirit,

Lord of majesty supreme!

There Came Three Kings, Ere Break of Day   3 comments

There Came Three Kings

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), Lutheran

Words by Gerard Moultrie (1829-1885), a priest of The Church of England, an author of hymns, and a translator of hymns

http://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/feast-of-gerard-moultrie-september-23/

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1.  There came three kings, ere break of day,

All on Epiphanie;

Their gifts they bare, both rich and rare,

All, all, Lord Christ, for Thee;

Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are there.

Where is the King?  O where?  O where?

O where is the King?  O where?

2.  The Star shone brightly overhead,

The air was calm and still,

O’er Bethlehem’s fields its rays were shed,

The dew lay on the hill.

We see no throne, no palace fair,

Where is the King?  O where?  O where?

O where is the King?  O where?

3.  An old man knelt at a manger low,

A Babe lay in the stall;

The starlight played on the Infant brow,

Deep silence lay o’r all;

A maiden bent o’er the Babe in prayer:

There is the King!  O there!  O there!

O there is the King!  O there!

Not Always On the Mount We   4 comments

Not Always On the Mount May We

Above:  The Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Words by Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905)

A Hymn for the Feast of the Transfiguration

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1.  Not always on the mount may we

Rapt in the heavenly vision be;

The shores of thought and feeling know

The Spirit’s tidal ebb and flow.

2.  Lord, it is good abiding here

We cry, the heavenly presence near;

The vision vanishes, our eyes

Are lifted into vacant skies!

3.  Yet hath one such exalted hour,

Upon the soul redeeming power,

And in its strength through after days

We travel our appointed ways;

4.  Till all the lowly vale grows bright,

Transfigured in remembered light,

And in untiring souls we bear

The freshness of the upper air.

5.  The mount for vision,–but below

The paths of daily duty go,

And nobler life therein shall own

The pattern on the mountain shown.

There Many Shall Come   2 comments

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Above:  The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta, Georgia, January 6, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://plus.google.com/photos/114749828757741527421/albums/5830440351265763601/5830446690559312690?banner=pwa&pid=5830446690559312690&oid=114749828757741527421)

Original Words by Magnus Brostrup Landstad (1802-1880)

English Translation Peter Olsen Stromme (1856-1921)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/assembled-in-this-thy-house-danish-american-lutherans-1870-1962/

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1.  There many shall come from the east and the west

And sit at the feast of salvation

With Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the blest,

Obeying the Lord’s invitation.

Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

2.  But they who have always resisted His grace

And on their own virtue depended,

Shall then be condemn’d and cast out from His face,

Eternally lost and unfriended.

Have mercy upon us, Lord Jesus.

3.  O may we all hear when our Shepherd doth call,

In accents persuasive and tender,

That while here is time we make haste one and all

And find Him, our mighty defender.

Have mercy upon us, Lord Jesus.

4.  God grant that I may of His infinite love,

Remain in His merciful keeping;

And sit with the King at His table above,

When here in the grave I am sleeping.

Have mercy upon us, Lord Jesus.

5.  All trials are then like a dream that is past,

Forgotten all trouble and sorrow;

All questions and doubts have been answer’d at last;

Then dawneth eternity’s morrow.

Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

Jesus, The Name Without Compare   2 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

(Image in the Public Domain)

Original Danish Words by Nikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872)

English Translation by the Reverend J. C. Aaberg (1877-1970)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/assembled-in-this-thy-house-danish-american-lutherans-1870-1962/

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1.  Jesus, the name without compare,

Honor’d on earth and in heaven,

Wherein the Father’s love and care

Is to His children now given.

Savior of all that saved can be,

Fount of God’s grace and mercy free,

Is the Lord Jesus forever.

2.  Jesus, the name alone on earth

Is to redemption afforded,

And at His cross of precious worth

Are we salvation accorded;

Now in His name our pray’rs are heard;

Only in that, when hearts are stirr’d,

Doth now the Spirit us comfort.

3.  Jesus, the name above the sky

Wherein, when seasons are ended,

Nations shall come to God on high,

And ev’ry knee shall be bended,

While all the saved in sweet accord

Sing to the praise of Christ the Lord,

Savior belov’d by the Father.

A Babe Is Born In Bethlehem   3 comments

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Above:  Live Nativity Scene, St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Acworth, Georgia, December 22, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Original Danish Words by Nikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872)

English Translation by the Reverend J. C. Aaberg (1877-1970)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/assembled-in-this-thy-house-danish-american-lutherans-1870-1962/

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1.  A Babe is born in Bethlehem,

Bethlehem,

Rejoice, rejoice, Jerusalem,

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

2.  A lowly virgin gave Him birth,

Gave him birth,

Who rules the heavens and the earth,

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

3.  He in a simple manger lay,

Manger lay,

Whom angels praise with joy for aye.

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

4.  And wise men from the East did bring,

East did bring,

Gold, myrrh, and incense to the king.

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

5.  Now all our fears have pass’d away,

Pass’d away,

The Savior blest was born today.

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

6.  God’s blessed children we became,

We became,

And shall in heaven praise His name,

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

7.  Then like the angels we shall be,

We shall be,

God’s holy presence we shall see,

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

8.  The angels there with great delight,

Great delight,

Will teach the song they sang that night,

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

9.  With gladsome praises we adore,

We adore,

Our Lord and Savior evermore,

Hallelujah, hallelujah.

We Sing the Glorious Conquest Before Damascus Gate   2 comments

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Above:  The Conversion of Saint Paul (1690), by Luca Giordano (1634-1705)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), The Episcopal Church

Words (1871) by John Ellerton (1826-1893), a priest of The Church and England, and a writer and translator of hymns

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1.  We sing the glorious conquest

Before Damascus Gate,

When Saul, the Church’s spoiler,

Came breathing threats and hate;

The ravening wolf rushed forward

Full early to the prey;

But lo! the Shepherd met him,

And bound him fast to-day.

2.   O glory most excelling

That smote across his path!

O light that pierced and blinded

The zealot in his wrath!

O voice that spake within him

The calm, reproving word!

O love that sought and held him

The bondman of his Lord!

3.  O Wisdom ordering all things

In order strong and sweet,

What nobler spoil was ever

Cast at the Victor’s feet?

What wiser master-builder

E’er wrought at thine employ

Than he, till now so furious

Thy building to destroy?

4.  Lord, teach thy Church then lesson,

Still in her darkest hour

Of weakness and of danger,

To trust thy hidden power:

Thy grace by ways mysterious

The wrath of man can bind,

And in thy boldest foeman

Thy chosen saint can find.