Fr. James' Lectionary

The Lectionary is both a reading program for completing all of Holy Scripture on a one year schedule, and a daily comment on a portion of the day's reading wedded to a poem to give an added perspective on the theme.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

With Alacrity and Joy: Bible Comment on II Chronicles 2 with Latin poem, Te Deum Laudamus

Daily Readings
Psalm 119:81-96, I Kings 5, II Chronicles 2, Jeremiah 2

Daily Text: II Chronicles 2

With Alacrity and Joy
The details of II Chronicles 2 are of construction projects, materials, artisans, labor, but they swirl around a remarkable testimony to the greatness of the God of Israel. The temple is to be built for his Name and King Solomon is clear that he is to built a wonderful house for his God, however, how does one build a house for a God whom even the heavens cannot contain? Still, he will need the finest artisans and materials available in the world, and for some of these he ask Huram (Hiram) of Tyre. Huram knows enough about Solomon’s God, perhaps from doing business with David, that he uses the Tetragrammaton, the unpronounceable name of Israel’s God. While accepting payment, he is only too willing to cooperate and provide his best. One is reminded of the joy experienced by Israel’s leadership when they were asked to give generously to this great and wonderful God and they did so with alacrity and joy.

Te Deum Laudamus
from the Latin, 4th century

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To tee all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy Glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;
The Father of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honorable, true, and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the Glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.
Govern them, and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

Collect for the Day
Worthy of praise from every mouth,
of confession from every tongue,
of worship from every creature,
is thy glorious name, O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
who didst create the world in thy grace
and by thy compassion didst save the world.
To thy majesty, O God, ten thousand times ten thousand
bow down and adore, singing and praising without ceasing and saying,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts;
Heaven and earth are full of thy praises;
Hosanna in the highest.

[489:67:March 26 Nestorian Liturgy, 5th century]


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