The Passage Into Paradise

Part II

Chantry

A place set aside,
such as a chapel,
for singing the mass,
and hymns

(a)

An Hymn
 Let Your Spirit Sing in Heavenly Ecstasies!

What golden throats should join Thy choir
of birds that sing to Heaven?
	They have no words
	just joy for Thee,
		the Author of their flights.

And angels,
	do they merely wait Thy beauty to adore? --
	No, no, -- not so,
		they sing for Thee
		from some sweet holy score.

( )		Not words, nor sounds so much,
						I think --
		'Tis ecstasies they speak,
		melodies as the night nightingale
		Yet all the flight's within!

		Nor should I any more hold restrain,
		the golden Heavenly songs --
					but sing and sing in ecstasy,
					to soar up to Thine arms.  Amen

(b)

And in this area that represents Paradise I think of four noble and good men, three of them have left us many hymns. I think that it is wonderful to know that we have such friends awaiting us when we finally get Home:

John Henry Newman's, Lead Kindly Light

John Henry Newman was one of the holiest and noblest men who ever lived. A professor at Oxford, he was also a priest in the Church of England and a leader of the new Anglo-Catholic (High Church) movement. With his friends Keble, Pusey, and Faber, all of Oxford, he led Anglicanism into its present forms of high and beautiful worship. While Keble and Pusey would remain faithful to the Church of England, both Newman and Faber would leave and become Roman Catholics. Newman's was a sad and rather tragic life. He was once seen at the back of St. Paul's in London weeping as the choir sang Evensong, for truly he was an Anglican at heart. His influence upon Roman Catholicism was an excellent one and many of the revolutionary documents of the Second Vatican Council owe much to this Cathedral soul. During his lifetime he was shunned by most Roman Catholic leaders who just didn't know what to make of an Oxford professor who'd leave that Establishment and become one of the despised minorities in England where once he was a distinguished minister in its national church. He was named a cardinal as a very old man, Rome's belated recognition of a saint whom most had shunned.

He authored one of my favorite hymns:

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will:
remember not past years.

So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since,
and lost a while.

Amen.

John Keble and Edward Bouvier Pusey,
two of the greatest cathedral souls the Church of England has ever known.

Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear, It is not night if thou be near;
O may no earthborn cloud arise To hide thee from thy servant's eyes.

When the soft dews of kindly sleep My weary eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest Forever on my Saviour's breast.

Abide with me from morn till eve, For without thee I can not live;
Abide with me when night is nigh, For without thee I dare not die.

If some poor wandering child of thine Have spurned today the voice divine,
Now, Lord, the gracious work begin; Let him no more lie down in sin.

Watch by the sick; enrich the poor With blessings from thy boundless store;
Be every mourners sleep tonight, Like infant's slumbers, pure and light.

Come near and bless us when we wake, Ere through the world our way we take,
Till in the ocean of thy love We lose ourselves in heaven above.

Amen

John Keble


Frederick William Faber, along with his friend John Henry Newman, had been a godly priest within the Church of England. He became a Roman Catholic and, again as was the case with Newman, became a father superior of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri.

He was one of the greatest religious poets the English language has ever known. A gentle and good soul, he lived in holy poverty with many of his former parishioners becoming members of the Oratory. His most famous hymn is Faith of Our Fathers. The following is one of his most beautiful hymns:

There's a wideness in God's mercy Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in his justice, Which is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner, And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Saviour; There is healing in his blood.

There is no place where earth's sorrows Are more felt than up in heaven;
There is no place where earth's failings Have such kindly judgment given.
There is plentiful redemption In the blood that has been she;
There is joy for all the members In the sorrows of the Head.

For the love of God is broader Than the measure of man's mind;
And the heart of the Eternal Is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more simple, We should take him at his word;
And our lives would be all sunshine In the sweetness of the Lord.

Amen


South: Reading Desk
The Proto-Genesis in
the Heavens:
North: Pulpit
The Heavens Are Telling:

From this pulpit we shall let the Heaven's
proclaim His glory while the stars sing
forth in celestial joy:

Henry Vaughn penned these moving words:


I saw eternity the other night,
Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
	All calm, as it were bright:
And round beneath it, Time,
		in hours, days, years,
	Driven by the spheres,
	Like a vast shadow moved.

Thus like some vaulted cathedral ceiling we may read that which brings forth time and space, yet humility will surely overtake us for the doing and the purpose are God's alone.

Before the beginning of this universe, eternal though it may at first sight seem, God called it forth from its nothingness. He spoke it forth and thus have traveled the myriad galaxies outward at 350,000 miles an hour since that moment which most astronomers now refer to as the Big Bang.

The static that our great listening radars receive are both echoes of that original coming forth and that time commenced with space is but the movement of His Spirit and the voice of the Eternal Word who ever speaks forth the Eternal Father, world without end.

We are rightly warned that astrology is a demonic activity wherein souls are bound to the formations of constellation as though unseen gods control us under their signs. Yet that which the very imps have perverted in their self-conceit they have twisted for the fear and dread they hold toward the Lord.

Within those patterns on high God has spoken of the Redemption of humanity aeons upon eternities before He created us. It is the proto-Genesis that the Heavens proclaim. It will not be read as such by this fallen world but if at the roof of your cathedral soul you will look unto God those words on high are writ large. Thus discovered the Wise Men of old who followed the star and fell down and worshipped the Redeemer in His crib. Forsaking forever the vain craft of the astrologer, they saw the very Creator with all its stars and galaxies and adored Him whose tiny hands once inscribed the story of the celestial realms.

What are these holy messages? What is it beyond time and space, beyond the regions where time and space curve in upon themselves?

A. Behold Virgo (the Virgin) foretold so long ago in Genesis 3:14 as the Woman whose Seed would conquer and crush the serpents head.

B. And there, Sagittarius (the Archer) foretold in Revelation 6:2: the two-natured one, the God-Man Christ who goes forth with bow to conquer evil (Revelation 6:2).

He crushes Satan's head as His heel strikes Scorpio (Genesis 3:14-15). And the Archer is blindfolded for He who came forth as our Sacrifice and our Savior is filled with Holy Justice and He shall judge the living and the dead. Behold that battle upon Calvary writ large above: for Scorpio wounded His heel quite literally with the nails of the crucifixion and Christ crushed the devil (Scorpio) under those same feet at the Resurrection.

C. Behold Capricorn who is part goat and part fish. The Greek anagram of the Christ is seen below meaning the fish. The early Christians used the sign of the fish to tell where their secret meetings were being held in the catacombs. <>< The Goat represents Christ who became the scapegoat for our sins.

D. And triumphant over all that death and sin may threaten behold Leo (the lion), for Christ is the Lion of Judah, the mighty to conquer, the Savior of the world. Of His kingdom there shall be no end!

E. And that mystery of the Eternal that came into time and space at a place called Bethlehem, the two natures of Christ is there, Gemini (the twins): God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God and He was made Man. Only God could save us, only our God taking upon Himself while in the Virgin's womb our fallen Humanity could raise us up to Heaven. The Heavens proclaim His glory. Amen.


Second Elevation

The Church Triumphant

1) The General Resurrection to come

(John Henry Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons, 1., London: Longmans, Green, 1891 2:108-110)

I say we are today reminded of the noiseless course of God's providence -- His tranquil accomplishment, in the course of nature, of great events long designed; and again, of the suddenness and stillness of His visitations. Consider what the occurrence in question consists in. A little child is brought to the Temple, as all firstborn children were brought. There is nothing here uncommon or striking so far. His parents are with him, poor people, bringing the offering of pigeons or doves, for the purification of the mother. They are met in the Temple by an old man, who takes the child in his arms, offers a thanksgiving to God and blesses the parents; and next are joined by a woman of great age, a widow of eighty-four years, who had exceeded the time of usual service and seemed to be but a fit prey for death. She gives thanks also and speaks concerning the child to other persons who are present. Then all retire.

Now there is evidently nothing great or impressive in this; nothing to excite the feelings or interest the imagination. We know what the world thinks of such a group as I have described. The weak and helpless, whether from age or infancy, it looks upon negligently and passes by. Yet all this that happened was really the solemn fulfillment of an ancient and emphatic prophecy. The infant in arms was the Saviour of the world, the rightful heir, come in disguise of a stranger to visit His own house. The Scripture had said, "The lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His Temple: but who may abide the day of His coming, and who may stand when He appeareth?" He had now taken possession.

Such has ever been the manner of His visitations, in the destruction of His enemies as well in the deliverance of His own people -- silent, sudden, unforeseen, as regards the world, though predicted in the face of all men, and in their measure comprehended and waited for by His true Church.


2) The Holy Communion

Morning Prayer, From
my own adaptation

Glenwood

Alleluia. The Lord is glorious in his saints: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

The Confession of Sin

---Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done an there is no health in us.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders,
spare thou those O God who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us + absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

Canticle:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
___As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

Praise ye the Lord,
___The Lord's name be praised!

A Psalm:
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help,
My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
___As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Morning Scripture is read here.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made by him and without him was nothing made that was made. He made the world and he was in the world but the world knew him not. But unto as many as knew him gave he the gift of eternal life.

Canticle:
I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
and though my body be destroyed,
yet shall I see God:
whom I shall see for myself,
and mine eyes shall behold,
and not as a stranger.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
___As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A Spiritual Meditation

The Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried;
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of Life,
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of
the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
___And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
__hallowed be thy Name,
__thy kingdom come,
__thy will be done,
___on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
__as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
__but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory,
__for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayers:

Lord our God, thou hast promised through thy well beloved Son that where two or three are gathered together in Christ's name that he shall be with them. Grant unto us, thy servants, that having come together in our home we shall be blessed at all times with Christian fellowship. We especially pray for our daughter, Laura and her husband, that thou wilt in all ways be close to them and bless them and keep them. At the end of our days grant us the vision of thy beauty and for Christ's dear sake, eternal life, even as we have trusted in him. Amen.

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

St. David, pray for us.
St. Catherine, pray for us.
St. Thomas, pray for us.
St. Francis, protect and bless our little pets.
Guardian angels of my dearest family, defend us.
Blessed St. Mary, Mother of our Lord, teach us to love our Savior as we ought.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Two minutes of silent recollection are here observed.

Evening Prayers

The Salutory

O Lord, open thou our lips.
___And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
O God make speed to save us.
___O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
___as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.
___The Lord's Name be praised.
Alleluia.

The Confession of Sin

---Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done an there is no health in us.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders,
spare thou those O God who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us + absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

A Canticle

-Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
___As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Evening Scripture is Read Here

A Canticle

-Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
___As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

-I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified dead and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand
of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
___And with thy spirit.
Let us pray:

Prayers

The Benediction:

May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.

And, my dear family, when evening descends and I fall asleep I always look at the hymn that my precious mother sang so often. It is a prayer that should usher us unto the sleep of the blessed. Because my memory failed me on verses 3 and 4, they are pretty much my version of that dear old Baptist hymn:

An Evening Prayer
1
If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way,
Dear Lord, forgive.
2
If I have uttered idle words, or vain,
If I have turned aside from want and pain,
Lest I offend another through the strain,
Dear Lord, forgive.
3
If I have been perverse, or hard, or cold,
If I have longed for shelter in the fold,
Forgetful of Thy nail-pierced hand to hold.
Dear Lord, forgive.
4
So oft' I walk away in sin's dark doom,
And will not see Thee with my heart entombed,
Please ever let me in Thy heart find room,
Dear Lord, forgive.
5
Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee,
Forgive the secret sins I do not see,
Oh guide me, love me, and my Saviour be,
Dear Lord, Amen.

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