On seeing the bold response of our House of Bishops this morning, all I can say is I feel like singing. I will offer some further commentary down the road, but for now, offer this metrical version of the Song of Zechariah, written a year ago as part of my "Mountain Matins" yet incomplete. Sing it to a catchy tune and you'll see how I feel.
[Update: Richard of Caught by the Light suggests Forest Green which I confess works mightily well! For full effect sing broadly with a "folk-song" feel...]
Bless’d be the God of Israel
who sets his people free.
He has raised up a Savior from
the branch of Jesse’s tree.
His prophets promised us of old
that we would find release
from bondage and captivity,
and come to know his peace.
Our forebears heard his promises,
as by himself he swore
that one day we would worship him
in righteousness once more.
And you, my child, shall be the one
to clear your Master’s way,
who’ll guide us out of this dark place
and lead us into day.
So God will let us know of grace,
in saving us from sin,
a light that shines in darkest night
from death our souls will win.
All praise to God the Father, with
the Son and Spirit One,
as was, is now, and will be, while
eternal ages run. Amen.
Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG