Singing With Saints

Today’s Lectionary offerings are a true lyrical feast. Singing the entire Liturgy of the Word would be nearer the intent of the texts than an ordinary reading.

The Anglicans label the first reading a “Song of the Redeemed.” It’s probably something Christians could sing more often:

“Salvation comes from our God,
who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:10)

Psalm 24 is a fine expression of belief in action. A life lived as an expression of charity and justice is not a Judeo-Christian ticket to sainthood for good behavior. It is the simple response of a disciple wishing to emulate the values of a merciful God.

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain. (Psalm 24:3-4b)

We’ve looked at 1 John 3:1ff in a few contexts here. It is a passage assigned to funerals, pastoral care of the sick, and reconciliation. Our adoption into God’s family is a reality, even before we are tapped to be formal saints.

As for the Beatitudes, it gets due notice as the leadoff to the Sermon on the Mount. Given the number of musical settings it has inspired, I see it as more of a Gospel Canticle than a text suitable for carving into some church monument. (More suitable for our day and age than the Ten.) I’ve thought Steve Angrisano’s cover of the early post-conciliar chestnut to be a superior arrangement.

So suitable we sing such things on All Saints Day.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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