Prayer for the dead? Red Trinity Hymnal 520

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Michael

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Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
Red Trinity Hymnal 520


1 Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
'Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

2 Bold shall I stand in thy great day;
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

3 When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Ev'n then this shall be all my plea,
Jesus hath lived, hath died, for me.

4 Jesus, be endless praise to thee,
Whose boundless mercy hath for me—
For me a full atonement made,
An everlasting ransom paid.

5 O let the dead now hear thy voice;
Now bid thy banished ones rejoice;

Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, thy blood and righteousness.​
 

Philip

Puritan Board Graduate
O let the dead now hear thy voice;
Now bid thy banished ones rejoice;
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, thy blood and righteousness.

The context is the resurrection of the dead. Also, I don't think Count Zinzendorf was a believer in prayers for the dead.
 

Edward

Puritanboard Commissioner
I don't understand how it can be read as calling for prayers for the dead.
 

Scott1

Puritanboard Commissioner
Michael,
The moral of the story is NEVER doubt what is in the RED hymnal.:lol:

Seriously.

The hymnal you mention had its contents carefully chosen. So, there is reason to have confidence and to presume charity.

Yet, the words of hymns collected can and do sometimes reflect wrong theology (just like our own views). They are not infallible.

If anything, this might point toward a priority of singing Psalms- although there are translation issues, they are indeed the Word of God.
 

Skyler

Puritan Board Graduate
It does seem to be calling for the resurrection of the dead, so if that counts as praying for the dead, then I suppose.
 

Jack K

Puritan Board Doctor
O let the dead now hear thy voice;
Now bid thy banished ones rejoice;
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, thy blood and righteousness.

The context is the resurrection of the dead. Also, I don't think Count Zinzendorf was a believer in prayers for the dead.

Yes. This is about the saints who've died rising again to everlasting life. Not a prayer for them, but rather an expectation being expressed. Though they have died, they shall surely hear the voice of their Savior and rejoice.
 
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