Season after Pentecost, 2023
Somehow I've missed this bit of hymn trivia until today, but Hymn 239 in The English Hymnal is an acrostic that honors St. Bartholomew, whose feast day we celebrate today (August 24).
Saints of God! Lo, Jesu’s people Age to age your glory tell; In His Name for us ye labored, Now in bless eternal dwell. Twelve poor men, by Christ anointed, Braved the rich, the wise, the great, All the world counts dear rejecting, Rapt in their apostolate. Thus the earth their death-wounds purchased, Hallowed by the blood therefrom, On her bosom bore the nations, Laved, illumined—Christendom. On this feast, almighty Father, May we praise Thee with the Son, Evermore His love confessing, Who from Both with Both is One.
–John Athelstan Laurie Riley
(h/t St. James Cathedral, Chicago Facebook page)
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