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MAJESTIC SWEETNESS SITS ENTHRONED

September 22


MAJESTIC SWEETNESS SITS ENTHRONED
Samuel Stennett, 1727–1795
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9)
The dominant theme of the beautifully expressed text in this hymn, “Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned,” is the adoration of Jesus Christ. It is based on the descriptive passage found in the Song of Solomon 5:10–16. Here the awaiting maiden, anticipating the return of her lover, describes him with such terms as: “Chief among ten thousand,” “head of pure gold,” “body like polished ivory,” “altogether lovely …”
The Bible often refers to believers as the bride of Christ. We too are awaiting the return of our lover, the One who is “fairer than all the fair.”
This hymn text originally had nine stanzas and was titled “The Chief Among Ten Thousand” or “The Excellencies of Christ.” It first appeared in Rippon’s famous Baptis…

Catholic Lectionary

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME
THURSDAY OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR 1

First Reading Haggai 1:1–8
Response Psalm 149:4a
Psalm Psalm 149:1b–6a, 9b
Gospel Acclamation John 14:6
Gospel Luke 9:7–9


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20, THURSDAY
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning) (Psalm 83) or Psalm 146, 147
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 85, 86
Old Testament 2 Kings 9:1–16
New Testament 1 Corinthians 6:12–20
Gospel Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).