We come to this place to remember and meditate,
Speaking to God as we sing and we pray,
And lifting our eyes, we can see there a parable
Beauty renewed in a shining array.

The paintings remind us of God and His way with us,
Prophets and priests on the earth that we share;
And there go disciples, apostles and cherubim,
Silently hearing our praise and our prayer.

They help us imagine the Lord and his suffering,
Mary the Magdalene down by his tomb;
We picture the risen Lord seated among them all
Breaking the bread in a quiet upper room.

Today we remember the work of those long ago.
Giving these treasures for us as we praise;
Dear Lord we give thanks for their love and their thoughtfulness,
Fruit of their faith in the Ancient of Days.

These pictures, once veiled in the wear of a century
Cleansed and renewed with their beauty revealed!
And thus do our souls  become veiled by our waywardness,
Till, through God’s power to renew, we are healed.

All glory to God for his goodness and love for us,
Glory to Christ, our Redeemer and friend,
To God’s Holy Spirit be glory for evermore,
In every one of us, world without end.

Tune TRAD: Was Lebet
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Link to musings over our hymn by Paul Wigmore - the Composer:

http://paulwigmore.co.uk/monday/2012/10/the-hymn-about-frescos/

Chancel Celebration Hymn by the late Paul Wigmore


A hymn in celebration of the 2012 restoration of the century-old Chancel frescos in the church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Enfield.

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