Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent

"Ye watchers and ye holy ones", Part 2, from David Sinden.

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Songs in the Desert is an audio Lenten devotional exploring Christian hymns. Every weekday in Lent, listen to a reflection from a different contributor on a hymn that they find meaningful.

This child through David's city
shall ride in triumph by;
the palm shall strew its branches,
and every stone shall cry. (Hymn 104)

And did not Jesus sing a song that night / when utmost evil strove against the light (Hymn 420)

Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, of the mighty conflict sing (Hymn 165/166)

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (Hymn 174)

“Soon shall each raptured tongue
his endless praise proclaim,
and sing in sweeter notes the song
of Moses and the Lamb” (Hymn 181)

Hymn numbers, when given, refer to the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. But most hymns can be found in many different hymnals.

O Lord, you relieve our necessity out of the abundance of your great riches: Grant that we may accept with joy the salvation you bestow, and manifest it to all the world by the quality of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Proper collects for the weekdays of Lent are from Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006.

Thanks to all the contributors who gave their voices to this project this year

Jason Abel
The Rev. Lenny Anderson
The Rev. Raphiell Ashford
Marty Wheeler Burnett
Eric Cameron
The Rev. David Casey
Kitty Davis
Scott Elsholz
Carolyn Jones
The Rev. Beth Maynard
Mark Nelson
Richard Pryor
The Rev. Erin Rath
Robert Richter
The Rev. Kara Slade
The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith
The Rev. Joseph Wallace-Williams
and Lucy Zhang

Thanks also to returning contributors who gave new reflections this year

Meg Carter
The Rev. Jennifer Deaton
Sumner Jenkins
The Rev. Loren Lasch
Michael Smith
and Jonathan Wessler

Finally, special thanks to two contributors who have been part of this project from the very beginning

The Rev. Ian Lasch
and Jessica Nelson

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Theme music is "Reflections" by Lee Rosevere, distributed under a Creative Commons license.

A Sinden Production of Anglican Media (SPAM)


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