Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. (Jm 1:12)
O God, of those that fought thy fight,
Portion, and prize, and crown of light,
Break every bond of sin and shame
As now we praise thy Martyr’s name.
He decked not of the world’s allure,
But sin and pomp of sin foreswore:
Knew all their gall, and passed them by,
And reached the throne prepared on high.
Bravely the course of pain he ran,
And bare his torments as a man:
For love of thee his blood outpoured,
And thus obtained the great reward.
With humble voice and suppliant word
We pray thee therefore, holy Lord,
While we the Martyr’s feast-day keep,
Forgive thy loved and erring sheep.
Glory and praise for aye be done
To God the Father, and the Son,
And Holy Spirit, who reign on high,
One God, to all eternity. Amen.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964