Amen?

 

Thronender Gottvater (God the Father Enthroned) (1432), Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)

You (O Lord God) are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel (Psalm 22.3)

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Whether the saying of a prayer or the singing of a hymn,
each begs, at the end, an “Amen” (So, be it).

And this whether or not
(more likely not)
the ones by and for whom the prayer is prayed
divine ev’ry heavenward-sent word and phrase
or the ones who give voice in God’s praise
fathom at heart’s-depth ev’ry sung word and phrase.

If this be so…

(And, methinks, it necessarily is so!
For what human
[surely not I],
with whate’er and how many words
can discern, so, to declare with fullest intent
the will of the eternally inscrutable,
wholly unknowable
God to Whom the orison is sent?
‘Tis true, too, for the hymnists, howe’er grandly skilled and blissfully poetic.)

…then does it (no, it does not!) matter?
For as the throne of God,
in part, is fashioned
of the people’s praises,
then let the people,
whate’er the degree of their understanding,
continue, in faithful believing,
praying and singing praise.

Amen!

 

Illustration: Thronender Gottvater (God the Father Enthroned) (1432), Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)

 

 

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