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baptism

2 August 2010
dedicated to the newly-illumined servants of God David and Gabriel

As many as have
been baptised
into Christ
have put on
Christ.
Alleluia.
As many as have
been baptised into Christ
have put on the struggle
of the Cross; to be crucified,
to die to the world,
to be buried and no more
among the lively living
As many as have
been baptised into Christ
have put on the ascetic life,
denial of the flesh
for the sake of the Kingdom
which is to come, and yet is
already here mystically present
in the Holy Cup.
Alleluia.
As many as have
been baptised
into Christ
have put on
Christ.
Singing the triumphant hymn,
‘Hosana in the highest!’
we come before the feet
anthems chanted,
the Infant we greet
held in the arms of His holy Mother–
and we, the least of the sheep of the fold.
Shouting, proclaiming, saying,
remembering all that He has done
making the impossible choice
between the wealth of the self
and the health of the self
we exchange and we change
with the Paracletic fire
burning, but not consuming.
Alleluia.
As many as have
been baptised
into Christ
have put on
Christ.
Welcome to the struggle, brothers,
where spiritual warfare
is not about struggles against powers,
authorities, dominions or thrones
in high places,
but comes down to the level
of your dinner plate
keeping, as Adam and Eve did not, the fast.
Alleluia.
As many as have been baptised into Christ
Have put on Christ: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Russ permalink
    2 August 2010 22:37

    I like it. Only I would say that Christ holds all things by the power of His might and He is held by no one.

    • 3 August 2010 01:10

      Thank you. But I would answer you that this is the Great Mystery, that the Uncontainable, Uncircumscribable, Ultimately Transcendent God condescended to assume the form of a servant, to become a human being, a little child…and be held in the arms of a human woman, the Theotokos. And that’s not said to exalt Mary (although according to her own prophecy in the Gospel of Luke, all generations call her blessed), but simply to affirm one of the central truths of the Christian faith: that God became man, like us in every respect except sin.

  2. 3 August 2010 04:14

    I’m not a singer, but I want to sing this.

    • 3 August 2010 15:28

      Funny you should say that; the anaphora of this one (as well as a few lines here and there) is stolen from the liturgical hymns of the Eastern baptismal rite as well as the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. This was one of those that grew out of the chanting of the service this weekend. Glorious and wonderful! God grant His new servants David and Gabriel many, many blessed years.

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