At our rehearsal last night we worked hard at Arvo Pärt’s ‘Beatitudes’ in preparation for our 11am service on Sunday (13 Feb). In addition to loving Pärt’s stunning music, we are always struck by the beauty of the words, still radical after 2000 years. We cornered our minister, Greg Elsdon, before the rehearsal and asked him about the significance of the Beatitudes. And this is what he said!
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:3-12, New Revised Standard Version Bible
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