Saturday, December 5, 2015


Jessica Jung

for Salvation
Sukui no tame ni utaimasu 

from Canticle 4
The Song of Zachariah

Blessed be the divine intent
for the power of the people 
in the rule of law; for that which
was corrupt in expression finds
redemption in correction.

It has been courage 

in the face of corruption
that has won transformation
for our salvation.

Prophets have spoken

for that which is divine about design 
since the world began; that the economy
should be used by government for people
with respect for legal commerce
in international and domestic trade;
that we should be saved 
from the destitution
of poverty by respect 
for legal liberty; to perform
the oath that was given
to our ancestors; that we
giving only that which is 
necessary for our welfare 
and defense may celebrate 
deliverance with happiness; 
that we having
been delivered from the corruption
of servitude might live our days
with dignity and civility
by the management of our labor.

You will be called the prophet

of the most high. You will face service 
to others without servility;
to give knowledge of salvation
to this generation with respect
for the generations to come;
through the tender mercy of love
by which the dayspring from on high
has delivered us; to give light to those
who sit in darkness due to the threat of death
 by the hand of war or punishment;
to guide our steps into the promise of peace. 

Canticle 4
Song of Zachariah

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *
for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us *
in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, *
which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, *
and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, *
and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham,*
that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies *
might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, *
all the days of our life.

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord
to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people *
for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, *
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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