Christ’s Body

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.

John 14:3

Christ ascending bodily to heaven prepares the way for us to go bodily to heaven. This is for the tune AURELIA, commonly sung as “The Church’s One Foundation.”

You clothed in flesh your glory;
in glory clothe me, too.
Your body bears a story
where all the tales are true.
So I, your grace imploring
though fading as the dew,
yet hope you are transforming
my form to something new.

This flesh, a helpless infant
and weak before the world,
is feeble as your kindred
who fell to Herod's sword,
yet in its depths is kindled
the embers of your word,
and even as it dwindles
I follow you, oh Lord.

The body must be buried;
the seed must still be sown
then rise alive and carried
from roots that thrive unshown.
Our earth to heaven married;
sheer glory wed to bone,
when we, ever unwearied,
shall dance before your throne.
Ascension, 1408, By Andrej RublĂ«v Photo by Daniil – From http://lj.rossia.org/users/john_petrov/335107.html?mode=reply, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1589364