Daily Office Readings for Saturday, Week of the Second Sunday after Christmas: Year 2
“Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights.” (Psalm 148:1)
Today being Saturday, I can’t help but compare the similarity of Psalm 148 with the recommended canticle for today, Canticle 12; A Song of Creation Benedicite, omnia opera Domini Song of the Three Young Men, found on pages 88 to 90 of the Book of Common Prayer. (BCP)
It starts out with the Incarnation: “Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. In the ﬁrmament of his power, glorify the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever.”
And just like Psalm 148 Canticle 12 takes us through the mystery and magic and love of God.
They both start with The Cosmic Order. This is about God creating the universe and all that is in it.
Then they both speak of The Earth and its Creatures. I can’t help but recall that “At [God’s] command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.” (p. 370 BCP)
Then both Psalm 148 and Canticle 12 talk about The People of God. I recall that it was after God brought this earth into being that we were put here as caretakers of this place. Maybe God was upset that the dinosaurs went extinct, so God placed “managers” here to ensure that kind of thing doesn’t happen again.
At this writing koala bears and other marsupials of Australia are suffering from horrible fires ravaging the continent. There are koala bears actually coming to people to get water and other forms of care in order to survive. That’s why we are here, to care for God’s creatures. Thank You Lord Jesus.
Then the Canticle closes with the Doxology: Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; praise him and highly exalt him for ever. In the ﬁrmament of his power, glorify the Lord, praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John