Bengor, Licht o the Warld, for the Ullans Academy and the Ulster Scots/Scotch Irish Community, Matthew 5:13-16.

Youse ir the Saut o the Yirth. But gin the saut gaes saurless, hoo can it git bak bak its tang? It is nae lang’r o onie use, but fer tae be throwed ootby, fer fowk tae thramp unner fit.
Youse ir the Licht o the Warld. A toun biggit on a hill-tap cannae be hid. An again forbye whan fowk licht a lamp, they dinnae pit it unner a boul, but set it up on its stan, an syne it gies licht fur aabodie in the hoose. In the same wye, see at yer licht shines afore iveriebodie, sae at the’ wull see yer guid deeds an ruise yer Faither in heiven.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt hath lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden underfoot.

You are the Light of the World. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither is a candle hid and put under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Let your light so shine that your good works may be seen and so glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Jesus of Nazareth

A great Light illuminating the World has been kindled, raised on a candlestick, shining over the whole earth, a royal city well fortified and set on a hill, in which there is a great population who belong to God.

Hymn to Saint Patrick… Bangor Antiphonary.

The mural by Kenneth Webb in Bangor Abbey was commissioned under the guidance of Canon James Hamilton. The use of the triangle, denoting the Holy Trinity, pervades the whole design and leads us upwards from the figures of Comgall, Columbanus and Gall in the foreground to the central figure of the Ascending Christ. The features of Christ are those of a Black person, emphasising the mystic nature of the Son of Man. He is conceived as giving His Last Command:

” Go ye into all the World and preach the Gospel”

© Pretani Associates 2014 



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