Monday, January 5, 2009

Book of Revelation: 5:9-14, 6:1-2

And they sing a new canticle, saying, "Worthy art thou to take the scroll and to open its seals; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us for God with thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and hast made them for our God a kingdom and priests, and they shall reign over the earth."
And I beheld, and I heard a voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures and the elders, and the number of them was thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing."
And every creature that is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are on the sea, and all that are in them, I heard them all saying, "To him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."
And the four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshipped him who lives forever and ever.
[The above are known as the three songs of praise, for they are songs that St. John the Apostle saw and heard being sung by all in heaven to Jesus Christ, the Lamb. Jesus then prepares to go forth in the Second Coming:]
And I saw that the Lamb had opened the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as with a voice of thunder, "Come!"
And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he who was sitting on it had a bow, and there was given him a crown, and he went forth as a conqueror to conquer.