The Beatitudes

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RESPONSE
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
truly heaven is their reward.

R
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain;
and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will receive mercy. R

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets
who were before you. R

Text Information

First Line: Blessed are the poor in spirit
Title: The Beatitudes
Source: Matthew 5:1-12; Response, Matthew 5:3, alt. [NRSV]
Refrain First Line: Blessed are the poor in spirit
Publication Date: 1995
Notes: Musical phrase used as a response to The Beatitudes.
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1995.

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