Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem

IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-4.

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An icon of the Resurrection, showing Jesus, Adam and Eve

An icon of the Resurrection, showing Jesus, Adam and Eve

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MAKE thy illumination shine in me, where is the darkness of the passions, thou that conceived the Light of truth, O Virgin Mother, and gave God birth in the flesh; make haste and bring the steps of my soul up from the depths of despair, and plant them firmly on the rock of a sure way of life.

Execute judgment upon the demons that make war upon me without ceasing; be quick to end the pain of my wretched heart, O hope of the ends of the earth, who giveth unto the world the Great Mercy.

From Vespers for today, November 7. Source.

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MAGNIFY, O my soul, him who suffered willingly, and was buried, and rose from the grave on the third day.

Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Dance now and be glad, O Sion, and you too rejoice, pure Mother of God, at the arising of him to whom you gave birth.

Magnify, O my soul, Christ the Giver of life, who arose from the grave on the third day.

Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Dance now and be glad, O Sion, and you too rejoice, pure Mother of God, at the arising of him to whom you gave birth.

From the Canon of Pascha. Source.

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4 thoughts on “Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem

  1. Many power words here. It’s so easy to forget the source of our joy: the birth of our king Jesus, and his resurrection. This is a beautiful collection of words that gives life and it is shedding so much light on the current state of my life!

    “Make thy illumination shine in me!”

  2. Thank you, lilyboat. Yes, it can be easy to forget, can’t it?, and in particular to forget why.

    Stupendous height of heavenly love
    Of pitying tenderness divine;
    It brought the Saviour from above,
    It caused the springing day to shine;
    The Sun of Righteousness to appear,
    And gild our gloomy hemisphere.

    God did in Christ himself reveal,
    To chase our darkness by his light,
    Our sin and ignorance dispel,
    Direct our wandering feet aright;
    And bring our souls, with pardon blest,
    To realms of everlasting rest.

    Come, then, O Lord, thy light impart,
    The faith that bids our terrors cease;
    Into thy love direct our heart,
    Into thy way of perfect peace;
    And cheer the souls, of death afraid,
    And guide them through the dreadful shade.

    Answer thy mercy’s whole design,
    My God incarnated for me;
    My spirit make thy radiant shrine,
    My Light and full Salvation be;
    And through the shades of death unknown.
    Conduct me to thy dazzling throne.

    Charles Wesley

  3. The beauty of this composition is quite striking! I love this poem of Charles Wesley! Thank you! I think I am becoming his big fan thanks to you!

  4. Wesley is a supreme Christian poet. The constant Biblical allusions, the subtle way he allegorises, and his thorough knowledge of the dogmatic and spiritual traditions of the Church Fathers, are almost without rival in English.

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