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Day 40: A Great Multitude No One Could Count

The Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints

READ

Revelation 7:9–12

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

MEDITATE

In this text we are given a glimpse of ultimate reality, the great communion of saints gathered for worship. Invite the Spirit of God to grant you a holy imagination. Picture the scene: People from every nation, tribe, people, and language in numbers impossible to count, though they all look different they all wear the same white robes and they all hold palm branches, and at the center of this gathering is a single Lamb. All the people cry out, “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

Take a few minutes and slowly copy those words of adulation on the paper below. Now recite it aloud several times, growing in intensity with each time. As you declare these words, become conscious of the way your spirit is worshipping God.

REFLECT

Head of Thy church, whose Spirit fills
And flows through every faithful soul,
Unites in mystic love, and seals
Them one, and sanctifies the whole;
“Come, Lord,” Thy glorious Spirit cries,
And souls beneath the altar groan;
“Come, Lord,” the bride on earth replies,
“And perfect all our souls in one.”

—From “Head of Thy Church, Whose Spirit Fills”
Charles Wesley

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .