The Last Judgment Fresco 14th Century: Chapel of Saint Martin, Old Cathedral, Salamanca, Spain

“Rejoice in the Lord Alway”

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the week — Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Psalm 98:4

Sunday, May 9 — Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17

The eternal God is your refuge. Deuteronomy 33:27

Eternal Father, strong to save,

whose arm has bound the restless wave,

who bade the mighty ocean deep

its own appointed limits keep:

O hear us when we cry to thee

for those in peril on the sea. (725)

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. Luke 1:50

Grace divine, be with us still, alleluia!

Keep us from all harm and ill, alleluia!

For the sake of Jesus,

who from sin now frees us,

grant us, Lord, your mercy. (303)

Everlasting God, grant us mercy, grant us refuge, now and forever, for our generation and our children’s. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)


Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 98 read by Tinasha LaRaye in the NKJV

Psalm 98

A Song of Praise to the Lord for His Salvation and Judgment

A Psalm.

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
The Lord has made known His salvation;
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the [a]nations.
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together
    before the Lord,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world,
And the peoples with [b]equity.

Art Study for the Week

The Last Judgment, 14th century (except the bottom register is 12th).
Fresco. Chapel of Saint Martin, Old Cathedral, Salamanca, Spain. (Image: christianiconography.info)

Enthroned in a mandorla Christ shows the viewer his five wounds. All that is seen of the Father is his throne upon the cherubim, as in Ezekiel 10:1, “behold in the firmament that was over the heads of the cherubims, there appeared over them as it were the sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.”

On an altar directly beneath the mandorla, a cross, spear, and rod with a sponge stand erect, and a crown of thorns, nails, and scourge lie flat. These are of course the instruments of the Passion.

On the left of the mandorla are the Virgin Mary and five apostles: (left to right) Thaddeus, James, Andrew, John, and Peter. On the right are St. Paul and a number of Old Testament figures: King David (right of Paul, with a sword), Judas Maccabeus (far right, also with a sword), and three others whose labels have become illegible.

In the lower register angels blow their horns and direct the souls from their tombs to the right and left. Those on the right are then led to the gate of the New Jerusalem, pictured as a likeness of the Jerusalem on earth with its domed Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On the left, angels with pikes shove the unjust into Hell.

The entire fresco, both the 12th- and the 14th-century parts, is painted over the same black ground with repeated brown squares. This would suggest that the upper part was intended to replicate whatever preceded it. Its very traditional iconography would support that surmise.

Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “The Wondrous Cross”
(Original Lyrics) Author: Isaac Watts (1707)

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.


Closing Prayer

Almighty Father God, look mercifully upon the world which You have redeemed by the Holy and precious blood of Your Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and incline the hearts of many to dedicate themselves to the sacred ministry of the inerrant Scriptures; through the same—Your Son, Yeshua Ha’Maschiach—Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Adaptation from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer