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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Friday, September 01, 2006

Text of the Praise: Bible Comment on II Chronicles 5 with poem by John Milton, Let Us With A Gladsome Mind

Daily Readings
Psalm 119:113-128, I Kings 7, II Chronicles 5, Jeremiah 6

Daily Text: II Chronicles 5

Text of the Praise
Introduced in the Chronicler’s writings, perhaps taken from the Psalms, e.g. Psalm 136, the II Chronicles 5 refrain
Praise the LORD
For He is good
For His steadfast love endures forever.
rings out as the text of the praise and thanksgiving made by the singers, the trumpeters, priests and Levites who sang together following the placement of the Ark of the Covenant within the Most Holy Place of Solomon’s temple. The placement of the Ark there reinforced the teaching given to Moses by the LORD on Mount Sinai, and followed as the core of faith and practice by those faithful to God’s leading. The text used in worship of God focuses on the steadfast faithfulness of this God who led them out of Egypt and brought them into full possession of the land of promise under Joshua, and finally David and Solomon. In the Chronicler’s time, he had brought them out of exile in Babylon and returned them to that Promised Land, under less propitious circumstances, to be sure, but they were ready to build a second temple, and they too were ready to praise this good Lord whose steadfast love endures forever. They were praising because symbolically the Lord’s presence in the outline of the Ark is back at the center of kingdom, in the Holy of Holies. No sooner is it there than the cloud of the glory of the Lord is itself expressed in those same spaces and so thick is this ‘cloud’ that the priests can not remain within. The people are there to bring about completion of the work of the temple, and God himself makes himself visible and felt in those spaces, in actuality completing the house built for his Name. Such an active, even visual presence must have been thrilling and frightening. Not since Moses day had such an epiphany occurred.
Praise the LORD
For He is good
For His steadfast love endures forever.

Let Us With A Gladsome Mind
John Milton


Let us with gladsome mine
Praise the Lord, for he is kind
For his mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us blaze his Name abroad,
For of gods he is the God;…
Who by all-commanding might,
Filled the new-made world with light.

He the golden tressèd sun
Caused all day his course to run;
Th’ horned moon to shine by night,
‘Mid her spangled sisters bright.

He his chosen race did bless,
In the wasteful wilderness;
He hath, with a piteous eye,
Looked upon our misery.

All things living he doth feed.
His full hand supplies their need;
For his mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Collect for the Day
I am serene because I know thou lovest me.
Because thou lovest me, naught can move me from my peace.
Because thou lovest me, I am as one to wom all good has come.

[286:468 Gaelic, tr. Alistair MacLean]


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