Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Church of England, Past and Present: a Reflection on the Magnificat

This is not really my usual kind of post… it’s more of a personal reflection. So here’s about 2000 words’ worth of my heart on a plate, which I’m painting through a song and a few well-worn narratives. Continue reading


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March 19, 2014 · 1:38 pm

Days of Judah

Days of Judah, days of sunshine, Lion strong, come be my light.
Holy King, Beauteous Lord, Dearest God, be my delight.
Take my hands and take my dreams; be the One who cradles me.
Stand before me, guard behind me, be the eyes through which I see:
Holy keeper, Most High ruler, take my will and be my might.

Cow my hatred, quiet my dread, strike my rage and lift my head.
Holy ruler, tender lover, ride to battle in my stead.
Though I bolt and though I clamour; rein this heart lest she know less
Than endless valour, endless truth, endless love and righteousness.
Break me in, heart-whisperer. Be my master, be my bread.

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Church Music Wars and Page CXVI. Including Pre-release Stream of their New Album!


The debate wears on. When we ditch our trad. hymns in church for some of the funkier stuff we heard at Soul Survivor or Spring Harvest, is it a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’, or is there an important part of our spiritual heritage that we’re abandoning when we do that? Don’t get me wrong. Everyone loves a good chorus of ‘Oh, Happy Day’.

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