21 Jan

Jesu, the Virgins’ crown, do thou

Accept us as in prayer we bow;

Born of that Virgin, whom alone

The Mother and the Maid we own.


Among the lilies thou dost feed,

By Virgin choirs accompanied;

With glory decked, the spotless brides

Whose bridal gifts thy love provides.


They, wheresoe’er thy footsteps bend,

With hymns and praises still attend;

In blessed troops they follow thee,

With dance, and song, and melody.


We pray thee therefore to bestow

Upon our senses here below

Thy grace, that so we may endure

From taint of all corruption pure.


To God the Father, God the Son,

And God the Spirit, Three in One,

Laud, honour, might, and glory be

From age to age eternally. Amen.

– From: The Roman Breviary, translated from Latin, Burns & Oates, London 1964



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