#5minPraycation #BigPraySunday “St. Nicolas Cantata: V” by Benjamin Britten

Take a moment longer today to pause. pray. connect.

 

St. Nicolas Cantata:

V. NIcolas Comes to Myra and is Chosen as Bishop

Come, stranger sent from God!
Come, man of God!
Stand foremost in our Church, and serve this diocese,
As Bishop Nicolas, our shield, our strength, our peace!

I Nicolas, Bishop of Myra and its diocese,
Shall with the unfailing grace of God,
Defend his faithful servants,
Comfort the widow and fatherless,
And fulfil His will for this most blessed Church.

Place the mitre on your head to show your mastery of men!
Take the golden robe that covers you with Christ’s authority!
Wear the fine dalmatic woven with the Cross of Faith.
Bear the crozier as a staff and comfort to your flock!
Set the ring upon your hand in sacramental sign of wedlock with thy God!
Serve the Faith and spurn His enemies!

All people that on earth do dwell
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice!
Him serve with fear
His praise forth tell,
come ye before Him and rejoice.

O enter then His gates with praise
Approach with joy His courts unto,
Praise, laud and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

For why? The Lord our God is good:
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure. Amen.

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