Friday, March 15 ::: But Your Wrath Came

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Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”  And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
    who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
    and begun to reign.
The nations raged,
    but your wrath came,
    and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
    and those who fear your name,
    both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

Revelation 11:15-19

sound  ::  Requiem, “Dies Irae Solti”, Giuseppe Verdi (1874)

image  ::  The Great Day of His Wrath, John Martin (English, 1853)

The Great Day of His Wrath 1851-3 by John Martin 1789-1854Stir up Your power, O Lord,
and with great might come among us;
and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let Your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory now and forever.
Amen.

Thomas Cranmer, 16th century

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