Shout for Life to the Day


SHOUT FOR LIFE TO THE DAY

[Hail thee festival day]

 Verses by Venantius Honoris Fortunatus

REFRAIN

Shout for life to the day,

When Jesus leaped out of the closed grave.

Sing at the top of your voice

Calling the world to rejoice.

 

1 (A). See the first rains of the year,

From the dryness of summer refreshing.

Every new sign of life,

Now with its Master returns.

Refrain

 

2. (B) He who was nailed to the Cross

is Lord and the ruler of nature,

all things created on earth

sing to the glory of God.

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3. (A) Gently the greenness returns

Pulsing with the power of new growth.

Heaven’s energy is unleashed

Flinging an increase of life.

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4. (B) Rise from the grave now. O Lord,

The author of life and creation.

Treading the pathway of death,

Life you are giving to all.

Refrain.

 

5. (A) God the Creator, the Lord,

who rules all the earth and the heavens,

guard us from harm from outside,

cleanse us from evil within.

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6. (B) Jesus the health of the world,

enlighten our mind, loved Redeemer,

Sent from the Godhead above

endlessly folded in God.

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7. (A) Spirit of life and power,

now flow in us, fount of our being.

Light that gives life to all,

Life that does saturate all.

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8. (B) Praise to the Giver of good,

You are love and the one Reconciler,

Pour out your generous love.

Order our ways in peace.

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Words: Verses: Venantius Honoris Fortunatus (alt.)

Refrain : Ted Witham

Music: Salve Festa Dies, Ralph Vaughan Williams EH 624 or TIS 423

"Jesus leaped out of the closed grave"

God in Embryo


God in embryo,
the Universal God
in the womb will grow
as our dear flesh and blood.

New-born baby boy,
Maker of every plan,
new life now deploys,
Human God – Divine Man.

Jesus frees and heals,
compassion is God’s mark;
all our cares he feels,
and lightens up our dark.

God now fixed on Cross,
his glory hid from view,
gains flow from his loss:
new life has come to you.

Tiny speck in womb,
and soon the Cosmic Lord:
Universe makes room –
Today we’re born with God.

Ted Witham 2010
Tune : 5656 ‘Bless the Lord My Soul’ (Taizé) TIS 706

Natal Microcosm (courtesy NASA)