Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne and worship him, who lives forever and ever. They throw down their crowns before the throne, exclaiming: “Worthy are you, Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things; because of your will they came to be and were created.” –Revelation 4:9-11
Augustine, restless heart and thief of pears,
Teresa, seeking young to die for Christ,
Bold Martha, anxious hostess, worry wears,
Young Agnes knows her groom is peerless priced.
Loved John, whose head did touch that sacred chest,
Hot James, the first of twelve to meet the sword,
Mild Monica, whose wayward son He blessed,
Dark Thomas, plagued with doubt, yet seeks his Lord,
John of the Cross past Dark Nights is consoled,
John Paul the Great’s real Truth a challenge gives,
Paul knocked to earth is humbled, yet made bold,
Aquinas finds not bread, but God who lives.
Pray for us sinners stumbling in our turn,
That we might find the Way and meekness learn.