Saturday, January 7, 2023

474. Holy Trinity (Series C)

The lessons for this Sunday are Proverbs 8:1-4 skipping to 22-31, Acts 2:14a skipping to 22-36 (as also in Years A and B), and John 8:48-59. The tune is ICH WILL, SO LANG ICH LEBE by Heinrich Schütz (1628), which the SELK hymnal paired with "Komm her, mit Fleiss zu schauen," "Kommt, Kinder, lasst uns gehen" and “Von Gott will ich nicht lassen” (From God shall naught divide me). By the way, I knew long before I found a use for this tune that I was going to put the word "raised" under the melisma in it eighth phrase. Text-painting, don't-cha-know.

Rejoice, O holy nation:
He who was crucified
Was present at creation,
For this fate set aside.
He who the oceans' ways
Traced with almighty finger
Did not in Hades linger,
But unto life was raised:
Wherefore let Him be praised.

He shone beside the Father
In uncreated light,
Eternally together,
Rejoicing with delight.
A Craftsman without fault,
The mountains' roots He founded,
The waters' limits bounded,
Sea's depth to highest vault:
Wherefore His name exalt.

Both Abraham and David,
In spirit, saw His face
And how with ardor avid
He joined and served our race.
He was before all days;
In time all things completed;
At God's right hand is seated,
Where we, too, shall be raised:
Wherefore let Him be praised.

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