November 10, 2020

All Beings

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word. Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will. Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.  
Ps 103:19-22 

Here we come full circle, and the blessing asked of me in Psalm 103:1 is put in its proper context. It's not just me, it's all beings seen and unseen, mortal and immortal, who are called upon to bless God. The ending of this psalm reminds me of the part of the Great Thanksgiving just before the Sanctus:

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the heavenly choirs and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your Name:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

As I pray with all creation, so I pray with the whole church as I've been taught: Our Father...

This video version of the Sanctus is from a larger piece called the Mass of Divine Mercy. The French translation of the Sanctus goes like this: 

Saint! Saint! Saint, le Seigneur, Dieu de l'univers! Le ciel et la terre sont remplis de ta gloire. Hosanna au plus haut des cieux! Béni soit celui qui vient au nom du Seigneur. Hosanna au plus haut des cieux!

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