Brethren: We give thanks to God the Father, who has made us worthy to share the lot of the saints in light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. (Colossians 1:12-13)
CHRIST THE KING
Now Christ unfurls, in triumph high,
His glorious banner in the sky:
Ye suppliant nations, kneel and praise
The King of kings with joyful lays.
He hath not won his kingdom here
By devastation, force, or fear;
But on the Cross uplifted high
By love alone draws all men nigh.
Now trebly blessed is the land
Obedient unto Christ’s command,
Which urges laws that prove the worth
Of heavenly edicts here on earth!
No armed rebellion kindles there,
Peace strengthens union everywhere,
And concord smiles; upon all sides
The civil order safe abides.
There married faith is kept secure;
There ripening youth is ever pure;
And modest households flourish, fair
With sweet and homely virtues, there.
Pour down that longed for light of thine
Upon us all, dear King divine;
And let the conquered world adore
In shining peace forevermore.
All glory, Lord, to thee, whose sway
The world’s dominion doth obey;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964