Sunday, 23 January 2011

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

In today's gospel reading from Matthew we hear how Jesus fulfils the words of the Prophet Isaiah which we heard in the first reading. We also hear about the calling of the first disciples as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee.

The race that long in darkness pined,
Have seen a glorious Light;
The people dwell in day, who dwelt
In death’s surrounding night.

To hail Thy rise, Thou better Sun,
The gathering nations come,
Joyous as when the reapers bear
The harvest treasures home.

For Thou our burden hast removed,
And quelled the oppressor’s sway,
Quick as the slaughtered squadrons fell
In Midian’s evil day.

To us a Child of Hope is born,
To us a Son is given,
Him shall the tribes of earth obey,
Him all the hosts of heaven.

His Name shall be the Prince of Peace,
Forevermore adored,
The Wonderful, the Counselor,
The great and mighty Lord.

His power increasing still shall spread,
His reign no end shall know:
Justice shall guard His throne above,
And peace abound below.

J Morison, 1749-1798 (Scottish Paraphrase)

It is of course essential that these words are sung to the tune 'Dundee' as given in the Scottish Psalter of 1615. I was unable to find a descent setting of these words to this tune, but try and sing along to the tune as played for other words. Note: Please start singing immediately you hear the organ play - don't wait for an introduction!

Happy Sunday!

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