Throne of Judgement


Before this throne
I will come
for judgement
to here
you daily call me
I cannot but come
your call is all
I sleeping hear or waking

here angels surround
saints and blesseds watch
my sins must waft
a stink to heaven
and at this throne
judgement surely comes.

still your faithful sheep
round me kneel
in calmness, grace
and none recoil
my imposture you must
all of you must

I have sinned against
and before thee
surely stain
the pews
the rails
the stoop
the housling cloth

I catch your eye on calvary
and turn down
that even now
you most clearly see

Jesu, Jesu,  Jesu, esto mihi Jesu.

before me
judge me

You raise me up
wash me and hold
in your hand,
my face
and part my lips
and fed me
your very flesh
and love
fills my eyes
with radiance
my soul is healed
with truth

how can I hold to earth
how can I to time adhere

what is time and space collapsed
eternity enters me
my soul more spacious than the heavens


Before this throne
I will come
for judgement
Jesu mercy then
as now

clothed and in my right mind
I rise from your feet
and am sent forth
not me but you
not me but you
not me but you

a message to shout from housetops
a gospel to proclaim.

Author: Huw Raphael

A Dominican Tertiary living in San Francisco, CA. He is almost 59. He feeds the homeless as a parochial almoner and is studying to be a Roman Catholic Deacon. He is learning modern Israeli Hebrew and enjoys cooking, keto, cats, long urban hikes, and SF Beer Week.

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