29 September 2016

Joyous Feast of the Holy Angels!

“Bless the Lord, all you His hosts! You mighty ones who obey His Word!”

Today is, of course, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. It was a great, great joy to celebrate the Feast today at the International Center Chapel, with that wondrous Altarpiece staring me in the face. The choir blessed us with a Henry Gerike setting of the Gradual and then during Distribution with an absolutely stunning two-part selection by Jean F. Lallouette, (1651-1728):

Christ, the glory of the holy angels,
Thou who made us and loveth us:
Send us thy counsel,
guide all to Thy throne.
The heavens declare the glory of the Lord
and forever doth the earth sing His praise.

I may have preached at the Ambo, but Henry Gerike preached a far more powerful sermon on the organ as he led the singing of "Christ, the Lord of Hosts Unshaken." Send him to his fiery grave, indeed!

Thanks to Pastors Robson and McMiller and Aaron Nielsen for assisting.

“Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me!”

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