I wrote this hymn with the Third Luminous Mystery of the Holy Rosary (The Proclamation of the Kingdom) in mind.
Rejoice! the Good News soundeth forth
In all the towns of Galilee:
“God’s Kingdom hath indeed drawn nigh;
Repent, therefore, and now believe!”
The Lord hath come in lowliness
To preach glad tidings to the poor;
The sick and broken – those bowed down –
He comes to heal and to restore.
The Shepherd comes to seek the lost,
To draw to God those far ad near,
To raise the dead unto new life,
And Make an end of dread and fear.
The demons quake before His face;
With mighty hand He drives them out.
The sinners doth He bid “Repent!
Return unto the Father’s house!”
He shall not quench a smold’ring wick;
He shall not break a bruisèd reed,
His Word shall not return as void,
But ever shall it fruitful be.
The blind new vision have received;
The lame now walk; the poor rejoice;
How blest those taking no offense,
But praising God with joyful voice!
Thy Good News have we heard, O Christ;
We pray now let Thy mighty grace
Build up in us Thy Kingdom, Lord,
And make our hearts Thy dwelling place!
Words: Noah Townsend, copyright 2017.
Tune: “Berkshire” S. Wesley, 1766-1837.