Epiphany Hymn: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

heqi_magi_esn2017_epiphanyA Hymn for Epiphany

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.

He comes with succor speedy
to those who suffer wrong;
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong;
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.

He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth;
love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth.
Before him on the mountains,
shall peace, the herald, go,
and righteousness, in fountains,
from hill to valley flow.

To him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend;
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove;
his name shall stand forever;
that name to us is love.

—James Montgomery, via Hymnary, https://www.hymnary.org/text/hail_to_the_lords_anointed

On this Sunday after Epiphany, may Christ’s Kingdom be present to you. May we all worship Christ unceasingly this year, joining with the saints and angels in their praise to the One who is just and merciful day after day, strong to save the weak and needy, and forever faithful to His covenant. —ESN Staff


Image: He, Qi. The Song of Angels, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46122 [retrieved December 1, 2016]. Original source: heqigallery.com.

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