Saturday, May 12, 2012
May 12 – Worth the Price of Admission
Not that tickets were sold or could have been bought on that illustrious day, but oh!, it would have been worth the price of admission just to be able to hear the glorious sounds that filled Westminster Abbey on that Coronation Day.
It takes A LOT of voices and many trumpets to fill the Abbey, and those were not in short supply.
As Elizabeth processed up the aisle, she heard the very stones swell with the chorus, “I was glad, glad when they said unto me, we will go, we will go into the house of the Lord!"
I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city: that is at unity in itself. For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord: to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord. For there is the seat of judgement: even the seat of the house of David. O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls: and plenteousness within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes: I will wish thee prosperity. Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God: I will seek to do thee good.
We believe that she was glad, but with a most solemn gladness. She knew every word. She was glad to serve in that position to which she thoroughly believed she had been born and called, glad to be loved by her peoples, for she loved them devotedly.
This anthem can be heard today, and it is stirring and exhilarating, but for all of us in Cor Unum, we MUST consider that when we waken in the morning, or when we turn to the Lord at sunset or before bedtime, is it POSSIBLE that any recognition less majestic is ours? When THOSE for whom the PRINCE AND PRIZE OF HEAVEN has shed His blood in sacrifice appear before His throne, are we given barely a nod among the angelic hosts? We know, they can sing! If we would but appear as the Sons of God that we are, they would sing, to His praise and of our blessed calling!
Oh, beloved, let us give them something to sing about today, and while at it, let us find “Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, I Was Glad” online and LISTEN!
Entering the Abbey
Rotherham Web, by permission