April 17, 2011

Christianity arrived in Britain in the first or 2nd century, during which time southern Britain became part of the Roman Empire. Three Romano-British bishops are known to have been present at the Council of Arles in 314. One legend is that Joseph of Arimathea brought Christianity to England and planted a church in Glastonbury.
The disciples traveled far. Thomas was martyred in India. Simon the Zealot preached in Mauritania. The legend of Joseph of Arimathea is within the realm of possibility.

Mark 15:43 Amp
Joseph, he of Arimathea, noble and honorable in rank and a respected member of the council (Sanhedrin), who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, daring the consequences, took courage and ventured to go to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

Our Father in heaven,
By virtue of His resurrection, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Your Son Christ Jesus. He has commissioned us to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. With confidence, we cry out for the town of Glastonbury, knowing that the conversion of this community is His will.
Stir the intercessors to take courage and ask for the body of Christ. Fortify the Christians in this town to dare the consequences and share the good news. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in Glastonbury as it is in heaven. Amen.

Isaac Watts

April 17, 2011

Hosanna to the royal Son
Of David’s ancient line!
His natures two, his person one,
Mysterious and divine.
The root of David here, we find,
And Offspring are the same;
Eternity and time are join’d
In our Immanuel’s name.

Bless’d he that comes to wretched men
With peaceful news from heaven!
Hosannas of the highest strain
To Christ the Lord be giv’n!

Let mortals ne’er refuse to take
Th’ hosanna on their tongues,
Lest rocks and stones should rise, and break
Their silence into songs.

… Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs [1707], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, book I, hymn 16, p. 301

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