Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 25th Sunday After Pentecost (Year A)

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).

 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Ephesians 1:15-23

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Saints
William Wordsworth

Ye, too, must fly before a chasing hand,
Angels and Saints, in every hamlet mourned!
Ah! if the old idolatry be spurned,
Let not your radiant Shapes desert the Land:
Her adoration was not your demand,
The fond heart proffered it—the servile heart;
And therefore are ye summoned to depart,
Michael, and thou, St George, whose flaming brand
The Dragon quelled; and valiant Margaret
Whose rival sword a like Opponent slew:
And rapt Cecilia, seraph-haunted Queen
Of harmony; and weeping Magdalene,
Who in the penitential desert met
Gales sweet as those that over Eden blew!

*** This poem is in the public domain,
  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.

 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Ordinary Saints
Malcolm Guite

SNIPPET:

The ordinary saints, the ones we know,
Our too-familiar family and friends,
When shall we see them? Who can truly show
Whilst still rough-hewn, the God who shapes our ends?

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2 Comments

  1. This is a great site. Looking forward to your selections for the Reign of Christ. Will they be up soon?

  2. Patrick, the poems in this post are for Reign of Christ Sunday. When creating the post, I forgot to indicate that the 25th Sunday after Pentecost and Reign of Christ Sunday are synonymous . I have edited the post, adding a note that this is also Reign of Christ Sunday.

    Thanks for bringing this error to my attention,
    Chris Smith

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