Entire Corpus Christi Sequence

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Below is the entire Corpus Christi Sequence for you poetry lovers…

Sequence – Lauda Sion

Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
Christ, your king and shepherd true:

Bring him all the praise you know,
He is more than you bestow.
Never can you reach his due.

Special theme for glad thanksgiving
Is the quick’ning and the living
Bread today before you set:

From his hands of old partaken,
As we know, by faith unshaken,
Where the Twelve at supper met.

Full and clear ring out your chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,
From your heart let praises burst:

For today the feast is holden,
When the institution olden
Of that supper was rehearsed.

Here the new law’s new oblation,
By the new king’s revelation,
Ends the form of ancient rite:

Now the new the old effaces,
Truth away the shadow chases,
Light dispels the gloom of night.

What he did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
His memorial ne’er to cease:

And his rule for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
Thus our sacrifice of peace.

This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
To his precious blood the wine:

Sight has fail’d, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith believes,
Resting on a pow’r divine.

Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
Signs, not things are all we see:

Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
Christ entire we know to be.

Whoso of this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
Christ is whole to all that taste:

Thousands are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
Eats of him who cannot waste.

Bad and good the feast are sharing,
Of what divers dooms preparing,
Endless death, or endless life.

Life to these, to those damnation,
See how like participation
Is with unlike issues rife.

When the sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe ‘tis spoken,
That each sever’d outward token
doth the very whole contain.

Nought the precious gift divides,
Breaking but the sign betides
Jesus still the same abides,
still unbroken does remain.

The shorter form of the sequence begins here.

Lo! the angel’s food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
see the children’s bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
manna to the fathers sent.

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.

You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heav’nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

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Deacon Lincoln’s Log 6-22-14

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Blessed Sacrament procession, First Annual Southeastern Eucharistic Congress, Charlotte, North Carolina – 20050924-01” by Fennec. – Own work.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

A few weeks ago I shared the sequence from Pentecost.  A sequence is a liturgical poem which unpacks the meaning of the feast. This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi which also has a beautiful Sequence.  Below is the short form of the Sequence.  If you would like to read the entire sequence you can see it at:

 

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Lo! the angel’s food is given

To the pilgrim who has striven;

see the children’s bread from heaven,

which on dogs may not be spent.

 

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,

Isaac bound, a victim willing,

Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,

manna to the fathers sent.

 

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,

Jesu, of your love befriend us,

You refresh us, you defend us,

Your eternal goodness send us

In the land of life to see.

 

You who all things can and know,

Who on earth such food bestow,

Grant us with your saints, though lowest,

Where the heav’nly feast you show,

Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

 

 

Peace,


Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

Deacon Lincoln’s Log 6-15-14 (expanded for Newspaper)

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There is a reason that Jn. 3:16 is held up by believers in the stands at sports events.  I am sure you have noticed the camera catch this famous passage.  This passage proclaims the heart of the Gospel.  In fact, this famous Gospel passage reveals the heart of God.  It shows that God is passionately in love with the world.

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (Jn. 3:16).

God doesn’t love the world as He would like the world to be.  He does not love the world because it is good or perfect.  God loves the world as it is.  God loves it in the midst of its brokenness and pain.  God loves the world in spite of its rejection of His ways.  God showers down mercy on a world that often rejects Him.  He doesn’t love the world only when it is good.  In fact, God loves the world when it is at its worst.  Like a Father who loves His kids even as he helps them deal with a drug addiction or bails them out of jail, God sees the darkest part of the world and loves it anyway.

God’s love for the world is not cheap or easy love.  God is not a fair weather friend.  His love is “costly,” as the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer would say.  God’s love is so great that He is willing to sacrifice for the good of His beloved.

God loves us the same way He loves the world.  He loves us in the midst of our brokenness and pain.  He reaches out to us when we reject Him.  As we see when God reveals Himself to Moses,

Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there and proclaimed His name, ‘Lord.’  Thus the LORD passed before Him and cried out, ‘The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity (Ex. 34:5-6).

Even on our worst days God’s mercy stretches out to embrace us and welcome us home.  In spite of our anger and rejection, God, because He is gracious, works to heal us and bring us to the peace that is only found in Him.

And God’s love for us is not cheap or easy.  God’s love for each one of us is what led Jesus to the cross.  God loves each of us so much that He is willing to sacrifice for that love.  This is why the cross reveals the heart of God, it reveals the depths of His love for all of creation.  His love for you and His love for me.

The fruit of this love, for those who believe, is eternal life.  The mercy of God does not merely forgive us and heal us, but it makes us capable of living in heaven.  The fruit of God’s love for us is that we are swept up into what the youth catechism calls an “eternal moment of love.”

Heaven is the endless moment of love.  Nothing more separates us from God, whom our soul loves and has sought our whole life long.  Together with all the angels and saints we will be able to rejoice forever in and with God.

God’s love for us and our response in faith opens the door to eternal life.  God’s love makes us capable of receiving a gift greater than we can imagine, but images are helpful.  The youth catechism goes on,

If you have ever observed a couple looking at each other lovingly or seen a baby nursing who looks for his mother’s eyes as though it wanted to store up every smile forever, then you have some inkling of heaven.  To be able to see God face to face — that is like one, single, never-ending moment of love” (Youcat #158).

Now that is love!

No wonder Jn. 3:16 is held up for all the world to see.

May we experience how deeply God loves us each and every day.

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

Deacon Lincoln’s Log 6-15-14

John 3:16

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  Jn. 3:16

There is a reason that Jn. 3:16 is held up by people in the stands at sports events.  This famous Gospel passage reveals the heart of God.  It shows that God is passionately in love with the world.

God doesn’t love the world as He would like the world to be.  He does not love the world because it is good or perfect.  God loves the world as it is.  God loves it in the midst of its brokenness and pain.  God loves the world in spite of its rejection of His ways.  God showers down mercy on a world that often rejects Him.  He doesn’t love the world only when it is good.  In fact, God loves the world when it is at its worst.  Like a Father who loves His kids even as he helps them deal with a drug addiction or bails them out of jail, God sees the darkest part of the world and loves us through it.

God’s love for the world is not cheap or easy love.  God is not a fair weather friend.  His love is “costly,” as the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer would say.  God’s love is so great that He is willing to sacrifice for the good of His beloved.  God loves us so much He is willing to sacrifice for us.  Now that is love!

No wonder Jn. 3:16 is held up all over the place.

This week, may we experience how deeply God loves us.

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

Deacon Lincoln’s Log 6-8-14 (a little late)

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Hortus Deliciarum, Pfingsten und die Aussendung des Heiligen Geistes auf die Apostel” by Herrad von Landsberg – Hortus Deliciarum. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The feast of Pentecost which we celebrate this weekend is one of my favorites.  Below is the “sequence” for Pentecost.  A sequence is a liturgical poem which unpacks the meaning of the feast.

 Come, Holy Spirit, come!

And from your celestial home

Shed a ray of light divine!

Come, Father of the poor!

Come, source of all our store!

Come, within our bosoms shine.

You, of comforters the best;

You, the soul’s most welcome guest;

Sweet refreshment here below;

In our labor, rest most sweet;

Grateful coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,

Shine within these hearts of yours,

And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, we have naught,

Nothing good in deed or thought,

Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;

On our dryness pour your dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore

And confess you, evermore

In your sevenfold gift descend;

Give them virtue’s sure reward;

Give them your salvation, Lord;

Give them joys that never end. Amen.

May the fullness of the Holy Spirit descend upon us today and every day!

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood