Faith of metaphor and mystery

Music: Metaphor and Mystery © Amanda Udis-Kessler (2020)
or Regent Square by Henry Thomas Smart
Faith of metaphor and mystery

Christ of paradox and pun
Sure foundation, revelation
Many facets of the One
Sacred found in the familiar:
phase of moon, and blazing sun.

God of living, dying, rising
Goddess: maiden, mother, crone
Word of sages, rock of ages
Love transforming hearts of stone
Meaning made in the familiar:
spirit, body, breath and bone.

Passover and visitation
Parable and playful jest
Seeking, finding; losing, binding
Exodus and hero’s quest
Sacrament of the familiar:
open door and welcome guest

Life in all its many stages
Sense and senses, heart and head
Meditation, celebration
Hope new-risen from the dead
Meaning found in the familiar:
making peace and breaking bread.

Download the score (pdf) Faith of Metaphor and Mystery by Amanda Udis-Kessler

Download the MP3 sung by Ken Janzen from Amanda’s website, Queer Sacred Music

There’s also a “wedding” version of this hymn, adapted for singing at my daughter’s marriage to a South Korean man. His parents came from South Korea for the wedding, and I wanted to reference different cultures and understandings.