Rise, Heart!

Psalm 149:1
Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful!

Rise, heart; thy Lord is risen.
Sing His praise without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With Him may’st rise:
That as His death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more just.
Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound His name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.
Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied,
And multiplied;
O let Thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with His sweet art. – George Herbert

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Warren Jewell

    O Lord, open my lips.
    – And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

    The Lord, Jesus Christ, is risen! Alleluia!
    He is risen to His glory. Alleluia!
    He is risen from out of perfect love. Alleluia!
    He is risen for our hope and joy. Alleluia!