Saturday, June 03, 2006

A payer for Pentecost

If I'm reading the lectionary in my Book of Common Prayer correctly, today (Saturday, May 3) is Pentecost. The readings for today in the BCP include one from the Apocrypha. This reading happens to be a beautiful poem from the book of Ecclesiasticus, and, since not every Protestant Bible has these intertestamental books, I thought I'd include it below. The New English Bible translates the reading as follows:

[The wonders of creation]

Now I will call to mind the words of the Lord
and describe what I have seen;
by the words of the Lord his works are made.
As the sun in its brilliance looks down on everything,
so the glory of the Lord fills his creation.
Even to his angels the Lord has not given the power
to tell the full story of his marvels,
which the Lord Almighty has established
so that the universe may stand firm in his glory.
He fathoms the abyss and the heart of man,
he is versed in their intricate secrets;
for the Lord possesses all knowledge
and observes the signs of all time.
He discloses the past and the future,
and uncovers the traces of the world's mysteries.
No thought escapes his notice,
and not a word is hidden from him.
He has set in order the masterpieces of his wisdom,
he who is from eternity to eternity;
nothing can be added, nothing taken away,
and he needs no one to give him advice.
How beautiful is all that he has made,
down to the smallest spark that can be seen!
His works endure, all of them active for ever
and all responsive to their various puposes.
All things go in pairs, one the opposite of the other;
he has made nothing incomplete.
One thing supplements the virtues of another.
Who could ever contemplate his glory enough?

--Ecclesiasticus 42: 15-25

And here is a prayer for Pentecost, again from The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way to eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Best wishes,
Mason Smith


Blogger Carl Heinlein said...


The scriptures are excellent to remember on Pentecost, but not only that, we should remember this anytime. This has blessed me. I am sure that this blog will bless others too. Thanks for sharing!!!!

God Bless You. Be Safe.

In Christ,


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