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O Day of Peace

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Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

The hope of this song is expressed in Isaiah 11:1-9 and Micah 4:1-5.
The expectation of the reign of Christ is referenced in Philippians 2:9-11, I Corinthians 15:24-25 and Revelation 11:15-19.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 22, Questions and Answers 57 and 58 say that believers’ resurrected bodies will be “raised by the power of Christ, reunited with my soul, [will be] made like Christ’s glorious body.” And then “I will have perfect blessedness such as no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart has ever imagined; a blessedness in which to praise God forever.”
 
Additionally, “Christ will cast all his enemies and mine into everlasting condemnation, but will take me and all his chosen ones to himself into the joy and glory of heaven” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 19, Question and Answer 52).
 
Our Song of Hope, stanza 21 expresses it this way: “God will renew the world through Jesus, who will put all unrighteousness out, purify the works of human hands, and perfect their fellowship in divine love. Christ will wipe away every tear; death shall be no more. There will be a new heaven and a new earth, and all creation will be filled with God’s glory.”
 

“We long for that day when our bodies are raised, the Lord wipes away our tears, and we dwell forever in the presence of God. We will take our place in the new creation...” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 56)

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O Day of Peace

Tune Information

Name
GRACE
Key
D Major
Meter
8.8.8.8 D

Recordings

487

O Day of Peace

Author Information

Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. Louisville, KY, 1944) is the son of a Baptist minister. He holds a PhD degree in English (University of Virginia) and taught English from 1970-1979 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. As an Episcopal priest (MDiv, 1981, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee) he served several congregations in Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From 1996-2009 he served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Carl Daw began to write hymns as a consultant member of the Text committee for The Hymnal 1982, and his many texts often appeared first in several small collections, including A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year (1990); To Sing God’s Praise (1992), New Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1996), Gathered for Worship (2006). Other publications include A Hymntune Psalter (2 volumes, 1988-1989) and Breaking the Word: Essays on the Liturgical Dimensions of Preaching (1994, for which he served as editor and contributed two essays. In 2002 a collection of 25 of his hymns in Japanese was published by the United Church of Christ in Japan. His current project is preparing a companion volume to Glory to God, the 2013 hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  
— Emily Brink

Composer Information

Estelle White (1926-2011) was a musician, theologian, and teacher. She grew up playing piano, guitar, clarinet and tenor saxophone, and when she happened to be in the right place at the right time, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (travelling band in the army) as the saxophone player. This led her to travel extensively. Upon leaving the army she trained as a physiotherapist, and moved to Canada to open a clinic for children with cerebral palsy. In Canada she joined the Roman Catholic Church. White moved back to England and in 1965 joined the Congregation of Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters, taking temporary orders. Ill health caused her to leave the order, and she spent the rest of her career and early retirement teaching at Roman Catholic secondary schools. She continued to study Greek and Hebrew well into retirement, and in 1989 she was awarded an MA with Distinction from Leeds University. White wrote over 160 hymns during her lifetime. 
— Laura de Jong
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