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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Stars and planets sing your glory

Preferred tune Lux Eoi (See score below)

Stars and planets sing your glory
God of might and God of Love;
time and space proclaim your story
written in the realms above.
All the beauty of the cosmos,
summoned by your great command
gathered shape; while out of nothing
matter formed, as you had planned


Power beyond our wildest dreaming:
forces weak and forces strong

melded in the cosmic streaming
when the universe was young .
Out of chaos, spheres and orbits
found their form through ages long:
and creation’s still unfolding
in a great ongoing song.

Here on earth a mighty wonder
brought about life’s earliest trace,
basis for both plants and creatures,
and in time, the human race.
Though we’ve grown in understanding
sin has torn this earth apart,
pitched against it we were helpless,
captive to our wayward hearts.

So the God who shaped the cosmos
set aside all power and might;
came, a humble human baby
in the darkness, God’s own light:
taught us through his life of loving
how he would redeem our race,
by the death and resurrection
of the God of time and space.

This hymn is also published in the UK by The Jubilate Group - Access it HERE and in the USA, Jubilate works withHope Publishing whose website can be accessed HERE. The words have been looked over by Bro Guy Consolmagno SSJ (who is Director of the Vatican Observatory and holder of the American Astronomical Society’s Carl Sagan medal for communication in the Planetary Sciences 2014). So, I feel comfortable the science is up-to-date and accurate with our present understandings.






Further songs, poems and other items on The Wonders of Science can be found HERE 

The editorial co-ordinator of Jubilate hymns reports 'Stars and planets was well-received at the new songs section of the 50 year Jubilate Celebration a couple of weeks ago' (October 2016)

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'