Category Archives: Church Year

The Cross Hath Won the Field

A good hymn for Ascension Sunday, no? *        *        *        *        * Lift up your heads, ye gates of brass, Ye bars of iron, yield, And let the King of Glory pass; The cross is in the field. That banner, … Continue reading

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Ascension Day

Leave me alone, and let me look Into that bright enticing blue: The floor of heaven, as if I knew What feet walk there, or what they do. We hear of four-faced Cherubim And spirits in the shape of wheels … Continue reading

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The sepulcher

Here, where our Lord once laid his head, Now the grave lies buriéd. ~ Richard Crashaw, 1613-1649

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Resurrectus est

The Christians of the 11th century put it well: Christians, to the paschal victim Offer your thankful praises! A Lamb the sheep redeemeth: Christ, who only is sinless, Reconcileth sinners to the Father; Death and life have contended In that … Continue reading

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The Rood

I shook when that Man clasped me. I dared, still, not bow to earth, fall to earth’s fields, but had to stand fast. Rood was I reared. I lifted a mighty King, Lord of the heavens, dared not to bend. … Continue reading

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The royal banners forward go

The royal banners forward go, The cross shines forth in mystic glow; Where he in flesh, our flesh who made, Our sentence bore, our ransom paid. There whilst he hung, his precious side By soldier’s spear was opened wide, To … Continue reading

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Jesu, my manna be

I hunger and I thirst; Jesu, my manna be: Ye living waters, burst Out of the rock for me. Thou bruised and broken Bread, My life-long wants supply; As living souls are fed, O feed me, or I die. Thou … Continue reading

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