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O WHAT THEIR JOY AND THEIR GLORY MUST BE (HYMN)

O what their joy and their glory must be,

Those endless Sabbaths the bless-ed ones see!

Crown for the valiant; to weary ones rest;

God shall be all, and in all ever blest.

 

What are the Monarch, his court, and his throne?

What are the peace and the joy that they own?

Tell us, ye blest ones, that in it have share,

If what ye feel ye can fully declare.

 

Truly Jerusalem name we that shore,

‘Vision of peace,’ that brings joy evermore!

Wish and fulfilment can severed be ne’er,

Nor the thing prayed for come short of the prayer.

 

We, where no trouble distraction can bring,

Safely the anthems of Sion shall sing;

While for thy grace, Lord, their voices of praise

Thy bless-ed people shall evermore raise.

 

There dawns no Sabbath, no Sabbath is o’er,

Those Sabbath-keepers have one and no more;

One and unending is that triumph-song

Which to the Angels and us shall belong.

 

Now, in the meanwhile, with hearts raised on high,

We for that country must yearn and must sigh,

Seeking Jerusalem, dear native land,

Through our long exile on Babylon’s strand.

 

Low before him with our praises we fall,

Of whom, and in whom, and through whom are all;

Of whom, the Father; and through whom, the Son;

In whom, the Spirit, with these ever One.

Amen.

– O quanta qualia sunt illa Sabbata,

P. Abelard, 1079-1142. Tr. J. M. Neale

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Inspirational Hymns

 

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“WE ARE HERE, CALLED TO THE HEAVENLY BANQUET. COME WITH US.”

ST LEO OF MENTENAY, 6TH CENTURY ABBOT; MEMORIAL: MAY 25

“In his youth, Leo exhibited a deep knowledge of the Psalms and of the dogmas and laws of the Church. Years later, he became abbot of Mentenay Abbey, near Troyes, France. He is described as a man “most pure in chastity and abstinence”, charitable, and constant in his prayer.

ONE NIGHT, THREE MEN APPEARED, SUFFUSED IN A BRILLIANT LIGHT.

One night, after Leo had gone to sleep on a cot in the abbey’s baptistery, he awoke to the sight of three men suffused in a brilliant light. He prostrated himself, kissed their feet, and asked them, “Where are you from?” One of the men replied, “I am the sinner Hilary, and these are Saint Martin and the blessed Anianus.” Leo was experiencing a vision of three saints, most probably Hilary of Poitiers (+ 367), Martin of Tours (+ 397), and Anianus of Orleans (+ c.453). They told him that in three days they would return to take him to heaven.

‘IN THREE DAYS WE WILL RETURN.’

Three days later, they reappeared and told Leo, “We are here, called to the heavenly banquet. Come with us.” Leo, however, asked for three more days to procure a burial garment for himself. This was granted, and when three days later he obtained a burial garment, he died as the saints had foretold. Leo is commemorated on 25th May.”

 
 

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