(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 4-6)
"He is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creation; for in him
all things were created, in heaven and on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones
or dominions or principalities or authorities--all
things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things
hold together. He is the head of the body,
the church; he is the beginning, the first-born
from the dead, that in everything he might
be pre-eminent. For in him all the fullness
of God was pleased to dwell." (1)
Beneath the satin of the night,
The silken lilies of the field
Glisten with dewdrops at first light
Creator's majesty revealed.
The angels, in their purity,
Reflect the Lord's revealing light;
Mortals, in their fragility,
Draw His mercy's redeeming might.
Creation, made in His image,
Reflects the divine properties;
Yet hidden remains His visage --
He's only revealed by degrees.
This knowledge is partial and dim;
Beyond the bounds of her weak mind
And heart, her soul yearns to know
In truth - all other means are blind.
His grandeur exceeds all notions --
They're drops in the deepest oceans.
May all of creation join our prayer in yearning
to know the Creator in the fullness of His
1. Colossians 1:15-19
(c) Paul Buis, 2003