The Resurrection of Nature

22 11 2008

Last Tuesday evening Timberley went to a concert by the seminary orchestra and choir.  The two pieces of music performed were well-timed to fit with our situation.  The first was the Wachet Auf cantat by Bach.  The message of the cantata is basically, “Wake up!  For the Lord is coming!”  The second piece was a requiem mass by the French composer Durufle.  I have not heard that piece but the program compared it to the requiem of another Frenchman, Faure, which is a beautiful piece.  This particular rendition did not include the Tuba mirum, but I have included the words to that part of the mass below.  They were taken from Mozart’s Requiem Mass.  This movement of the mass had some words that helped me to understand better Anna’s state now. 

From the Tuba Mirum of the Requiem mass:

Mors stupebit, et natura,
Cum resurget creatura,
Judicanti responsura.

Translation:

Death will be stunned, likewise nature,
When all creation shall rise again
To answer the One judging.

This echoes the truth that we find in Isaiah 66 and Revelation 21-22 about a new heaven and a new earth. 

“For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain.  From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD.  Isaiah 66:22-23

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  Revelation 21:1-2

 

 

 

 

Indeed, when Anna rises again at the appearing of our Lord Christ Jesus, all creation will become new.  Anna cum creatura resurgent.

 


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