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Joey Schmitzer

Mrs. Finney Pd. 9

Honors Religion III

23 September 2016

Sacramentality in Literature: Praise to the Holiest in the Height

In the piece, Praise to the Holiest in the Height, John Henry Cardinal Newman writes

and rythmes about how God showed mercy to us and came down as man himself and saved us

when we needed Him most. This piece of literature clearly relates to Gods presence

transcending creation. I argue this poem illustrates sacramentality and relates to Gods presence

transcending creation because Newman illustrates how God reveals himself in all three forms of

the Trinity as well as Jesus dying to wash away our sins. I will prove this by stating why I chose

Praise to the Holiest in the Height, how it relates to Gods presence transcending creation, and

how it illustrates the sacramentality concept with words.

In this paragraph, I explain why I chose Praise to the Holiest in the Height by John

Newman. One reason I chose this poem is because, after reading it, I believe it correlates

perfectly to the concept of Gods presence transcending creation. Also, Newman does a splendid

job condensing Gods revelation in all three forms into merely six stanzas of poem while making

it flow so eloquently. A piece of evidence that can support both of these reasons is, Gods

presence and His very Self, And Essence all-divine. This quote literally says Gods presence

and also shows how God is giving us His grace and presence through the Holy Spirit. That is an

example of God revealing one of his forms in the Trinity.


This paragraph encompasses why Praise to the Holiest in the Height relates to Gods

presence transcending creation. In Newmans poem, he provides a sturdy platform that can relate

to Gods presence transcending creation. Newmans poem in a nutshell is a glorification of how

truly awesome and powerful God is. The poem includes examples of God revealing Himself to

us in many methodical ways. Also, an implied element this poem demonstrates is that God has

always been with us all along, since the beginning of time itself and He has never left. Lastly,

Newmans poem begins with the coming of Jesus. All of this relates to Gods presence

transcending creation because Newman tells about God revealing Himself to us in different

forms after the creation.

Within this next paragraph, I will provide evidence from the poem I chose to illustrate

Gods presence transcending creation. The events which are included in Newmans piece all

occur after the creation. For example, in the second stanza, Newman says, When all was sin and

shame, A second Adam to the fight, and to the rescue came. These lines are telling of God come

down in a new form, Jesus. God sent Jesus to rescue us from all of our sins. Later on in the

sixth stanza, Newman says, And on the cross on high, Should teach His brethren and inspire, To

suffer and to die. By this, Newman is saying that God sent Jesus to teach and inspire us with His

Word, and to prove it by dying on the cross with our sins. These quotes both show how much

God loves us and has been present throughout our history transcending creation.

In conclusion, Gods presence can be spotted at so many times after creation. I found that

Newmans poem highlights some of the most impactful times of Gods presence, such as the

birth and the death of our savior, Jesus Christ. I believe Newman challenges us to be actually,

truly inspired by what Jesus did for us. His poem can be used as a tool for us to reflect on all the

good God has done for us, and give thanksor rather praise to the Holiest in the Height.
Works Cited

Newman, John Henry Cardinal. "Prayers and Hymns by John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-

1890)." Catholic Prayers: Prayers and Hymns by John Henry Cardinal Newman. N.p.,

n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2016.