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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Go To Nazareth My Great Messenger



Go to Nazareth , my great Messenger,
Seek out a maiden pure,
One who hallows all my commandments,
Yearns for the sway of truth
Ask her if she’ll bear my Son;
She will show that she’s the one;
by her ‘Yes’ of deep-hearted willingness,
breathed as a joyful song.

Go to Nazareth my great messenger ,
Seek out the maid’s betrothed;
Tell him Mary’s child’s no unfaithfulness,
Ask him to keep her pure:
For his stepson who’s to come
Is the promised Chosen One
Who fulfils the words of the prophecies
Told down the ages long.

Go to Bethlehem, loving messengers
Move through the census throng
Guard my Son and Mary his mother
After their journey long:
Hover round this unique birth
That will offer peace to earth:
Gather all the help that is needed
To keep them safe from harm.

Go to Joseph now my swift messengers
Warn him they all must flee
Lest his son should be foully massacred
Exiled they now must be.
For the king will act in fear
To keep power, now Christ is here..
Tell him they must all go to Egypt for
Herod’s remaining years.

Sweep across the earth all my Messengers
Follow my Spirit’s lead;
Call this exiled child’s faithful followers
To rise and meet the needs
Of a world that’s lost its way,
Needs the hope of Christmas day.
Christians spread my love, peace and justice to
Fill the whole earth with grace.

Score by Andrew Collier - many thanks Andrew and below the score you can listen to the tune played by Andrew as well



Having completed the words for this, I realised that not only does it imagine how God MIGHT have instructed his angels, which feels as if it can sit reasonably comfortably within the tradition of the English carol BUT ALSO that it could be read quite unreasonably to imply that the language of Heaven is modern English -which I for one, cannot possibly believe! Trevor Thorn.

Other recently written carols posted on this blog can be found at Index of Carols

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

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

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'