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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Canticle of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. (Little Canticle 109)


As it is not possible to see the whole canticle in this format, look at the initial letters of each stanza to understand the title

Jesus is Lord! Let the whole universe proclaim it.   Jesus is Lord! Let the whole earth rejoice.

Eternity is his dwelling place: there he reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit in everlasting glory

Salvation comes through him alone: to those who love him and acknowledge him to be the Lord, he has promised eternal life.

Unbounded love is poured out on us from the throne of his cross: on that tree of shame he died for you and for me.

"Surely, this was the Son of God!" His words, his works, his humility, his love, his understanding, his birth, his death, his resurrection, his ascension all testify to this recognition, voiced by a Roman centurion.

Creation was by his hand: he stands at the very firmament of time.

Happy, blessed and to be envied are those who acknowledge him with the simple trust of a child.

Risen from death by the power of the Holy Spirit, he assured us of life eternal.

Immortal, invisible, the only wise God: in light now inaccessible to our eyes, he is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit

Supplication to our God is made through him, perfect God and perfect man: he is our intermediary before the throne of grace,

Thanksgiving and praise are his proper due: O raise your heart and your voice to him at all times and in all places.

Sacrificed for you and for me, he pleads for us and upholds us as his chosen ones.

O for a thousand tongues, to sing this great redeemer's praise.

Nothing is impossible to him who made us, sustains us and redeems us: he can break through the ramparts of evil to save us from the depths of sin.

Ostracised, despised and rejected by us, his love still stretches out, as it did from his brutal murder upon a cross.

Forgiveness is his, for all who seek it, in humility and truth.

God of God, Light of Light, existing before the creation of the world: yet he knows you and me with loving intimacy.

Omega and Alpha, both the end and the beginning, is he.

Death has no more dominion over us, through his resurrection triumph.

‘Suffering servant’ and ‘King of Kings’ tell of his Godly paradoxes.

Almighty, Victorious; yet led as a lamb to the slaughter.

Very God of very God; Mysterious in his condescending to come to earth and sublime in his abandonment of power.

Immaculate in every way; yet knowing every temptation through his own human experience

Obedient to death, even the death of the cross.

Uplifted on the cross, even for me, unlovely as I am.

Resurrected also for me; through him I live in complete assurance of eternal life. Praise God for his gift of Jesus, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Other Little Canticles (similar in format) can be accessed HERE

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'