NT Wright’s Easter Hymn (6): Triumphant in His Glory Now His Sceptre Ruleth All

April 22, 2012

Browsing through the Rev. Patrick Comerford’s recent Easter blog entries, I discovered that NT Wright has written Six Easter Hymns as part of the Libretto for Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio.  (see also: here and here for more about Paul Spicer and the Oratorio.)


Easter Hymn 6, by NT Wright

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In strains of holy joy.

How Judah’s Lion burst his chains,
And crushed the serpent’s head;
And brought with him, from death’s domains,
The long-imprisoned dead.

From hell’s devouring jaws the prey
Alone our Leader bore;
His ransomed hosts pursue their way
Where he hath gone before.

Triumphant in his glory now
His sceptre ruleth all,
Earth, heaven, and hell before him bow,
And at his footstool fall.

While joyful thus his praise we sing,
His mercy we implore,
Into his palace bright to bring
And keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
While endless ages run. Alleluia! Amen.


There is more background information and links and pictures at the Rev. Patrick Comerford’s blog.

NT Wright’s full libretto for the Oratorio is here (pdf file), and there is more information on the NTWright blog.

UPDATE: the hymn posted above is a slightly revised version of a 1000-year-old hymn by Fulbert of Chartres.  You can see that version at the Cyber Hymnal.

Our heavenly Father

April 22, 2012

Luke 15:20 (NIV)
So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Joshua 15:18b (MSG)
As she [Caleb’s daughter] dismounted from her donkey Caleb asked her, “What would you like?”

Father, I thank You for Your attentiveness, Your solicitousness, Your provision, and Your love. Amen.


April 22, 2012


Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

Readings: Ps. 98:1-5; Acts 4:1-13; 1 John 2:1-29; Luke 24:36-48

Memory Verse: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Next Week: Ps. 23; Acts 4:23-37; 1 John 3:1-10; John 10:11-16

A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me — let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

First Lesson: Acts 4:1-13 [Note especially verses 9-13]

A word received: I want you to be judged on the same basis that Peter and John were. They proclaimed the truth of my death and resurrection and that there is salvation in no other name than mine.

(verse 13) A word received: I want the people in the class to know that they can do what Peter and John did. The same power is available for them as for Peter and John. Note what it says, they were “unschooled*, ordinary men”, but they had spent time with me. I want you to spend time with me as well.


Gospel: Luke 24:36-48

(verse 45) A word received: Pray that I will open the minds of my people to understand the Scriptures.

Epistle: 1 John 2:1-29

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 21, 2012

+Vanette — After we started to pray for her she started to cry. She gave her sins to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness.

A word received: Tell how my Holy Spirit moved Vanette to tears and confession of sin and receiving forgiveness because of what I did for her.

Psalm: Ps. 98

A word received: I want you to tell what I have done for you. (Tell of something specific.)

Acts 4:1-12

April 22, 2012

Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, (Acts 4:1)

      Lord, even today the message that Peter and John spoke is disturbing to many church leaders and government officials.

being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. (Acts 4:2)

      Peter and john taught the people and preached your resurrection from the dead, Jesus. Please raise up many throughout the Episcopal Church and this diocese who will preach that same message. Let this teaching be proclaimed with power at the Diocesan Convention.

And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. (Acts 4:3)

      Father, thank you for the high honor you gave Peter and John — they were arrested and put in custody for preaching Jesus’ resurrection.

However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. (Acts 4:4)

      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for all those who believed Peter and John’s message. In our day bring many to a saving knowledge of what Jesus has done for them.

And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. (Acts 4:5-6)

      Holy Spirit, transform the meetings of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” (Acts 4:7)

      Holy Spirit, move the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to ask the same question of your faithful witnesses.

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:” (Acts 4:8 )

      Peter was filled with your Holy Spirit, Jesus, when he gave his witness. Fill us up as well so that we can give our witness to what you have done for us.

“If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man stands here before you whole.” (Acts 4:9-10)

      Father, please help us comprehend the power of the name of Jesus.

“This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12)

      Jesus, don’t let anyone in this diocese fudge this one: there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved. Thank you.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Exod. 18:1-12: 1 John 2:7-17: Mark 16:9-20

HC: 98 or 98:1-5; Acts 4:5-12 or Micah 4:1-5; 1 John 1:1-2:2 or Acts 4:5-12; Luke 24:36b-48

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Exod. 18:13-27: 1 Pet. 5:1-14: Matt. (1:1-17),3:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

Lift High the Cross http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nGaT8QnYRE

Hillsong – Worthy is the Lamb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXNRbpZpe3o&feature=related

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 23 or 100; Acts 4:(23-31)32-37 or Ezekiel 34:1-10; 1 John 3:1-8 or Acts 4:(23-31)32-37; John 10:11-16).

Albany Intercessor

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