Archive for Holy Prophets

Feast of the Holy Prophet Eli-Jah + 20.July

Posted in Ordinary Time, the season after Pentecost with tags , , , , , , , , , on 20. July 2011 by zaK

Tenor: See, now he sleepeth beneath a juniper tree in the wilderness!

 

And there the angels of the Lord encamp round about all them that fear Him.

 

26. Angels: Lift thine eyes, O lift thine eyes to the mountains, whence cometh help.

 

Thy help cometh from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

He hath said, thy foot shall not be moved. Thy Keeper will never slumber.

 

27. Chorus: He, watching over Israel, slumbers not, nor sleeps.

 

Shouldst thou, walking in grief, languish, He will quicken thee.

 

28. Elijah: Night falleth round me, O Lord! Be Thou not far from me!

 

Hide not Thy face, O Lord, from me; My soul is thirsting for Thee, as a thirsty land.

 

Angel: Arise, now! Get thee without! Stand on the mount before the Lord:

 

For there His glory will appear, and shine on thee!

 

Thy face must be veiled, for He draweth near.

 

29. Chorus: Behold, God the Lord passed by!

 

And a mighty wind rent the mountains around, Brake in pieces the rocks, brake them before the Lord.

 

But yet the Lord was not in the tempest. Behold, God the Lord passed by!

 

And the sea was upheaved, and the earth was shaken. But yet the Lord was not in the earthquake.

 

And after the earthquake there came a fire. But yet the Lord was not in the fire.

 

And after the fire there came a still small voice. And in that still voice onward came the Lord.

 

30. Chorus: Go, return upon thy way! For the Lord yet hath left Him seven thousand in Israel,

 

Knees which have not bowed to Baal. Go, return upon thy way! Thus the Lord commandeth.

 

Elijah: I go on my way in the strength of the Lord, For Thou art my Lord; and I will suffer for Thy sake.

 

My heart is therefore glad, my glory rejoiceth; and my flesh shall also rest in hope.

 

31. Elijah: For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed;

 

But Thy kindness shall not depart from me; neither shall the covenant of Thy peace be removed.

(From the libretto of Mendelssohn’s Elijah oratorio)

 

 

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Posted in Epiphany with tags , , , , , on 30. January 2011 by zaK

Hear what the LORD says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.

Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!

For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD.”

“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

—Micah 6.1-8

 

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Posted in Kingdomtide, Ordinary Time, the season after Pentecost with tags , , , , , , on 27. June 2010 by zaK

Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.

Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”
He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.”As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.


Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.