As a chalice cast of gold
As a chalice cast of gold. Thomas Troeger* (1945-2022).
From Troeger’s New Hymns for the Lectionary: to Glorify the Maker’s Name (New York and Oxford, 1986), reprinted in Borrowed Light (1994). It is based on Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23, with its contrast between the outward forms of worship and the inward self, and its reminder (verse 15) that ‘there is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.’ Thus the final stanza, of four, is a prayer for the outward forms to reflect a good inner self:
When I dance or chant your praise,
When I sing a psalm or hymn,
When I preach your loving ways,
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