Hymn: Blest Are You, the Poor in Spirit

A Beatitudes hymn text with a suggested public domain hymn tune: Hyfrydol.

Biblical reference: Matthew 5:1-12.

Blest are you, the poor in spirit. Heaven’s joy invites you in.
Blest are you who weep in mourning. Comfort will be yours again.
Blest are you, the self-effacing. Love awaits the kind and meek.
Blest are you who work for justice. You will find the world you seek.

Blest are you who offer mercy. Mercy you’ll receive in kind.
Blest are you, the pure of heart. As God you seek, so God you’ll find.
Blest are you whose lives are peaceful, true descendants of God’s peace.
Blest are you who face injustice. God will grant you hearts of ease.

Even as the prophets labored, living into God’s demands
In the face of royal evil, now the choice is in our hands.
Lies and hatred, greed and cruelty: we respond in faith and trust.
Blest are we who live God’s vision. Now God’s heaven lives in us.

Amanda Udis-Kessler, February 8, 2023
About the Author
Amanda Udis-Kessler is a songwriter and published composer of sacred music (everysoulmusic.com; queersacredmusic.com), a writer (sermons, other worship materials, adult faith formation curricula, a sociology monograph, and other writings), and community educator on matters of religion, social inequality, and social justice. She has a sociology doctorate from Boston College and a certificate from the Iliff School of Theology. She is the Director of Assessment and Program Review at The Colorado College. Contact her at amanda@amandaudiskessler.com.

Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Hymns and Music.

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