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O FOR THY SPIRIT (HYMN)

O FOR THY SPIRIT (HYMN)

O for thy spirit, holy John, to chasten

Lips sin-polluted, fettered tongues to loosen;

So by thy children might thy deeds of wonder

Meetly be chanted.

 

Lo! a swift herald, from the skies descending,

Bears to thy father’s promise of thy greatness;

How he shall name thee, what thy future story,

Duly revealing.

 

Scarcely believing message so transcendent,

Him for season power of speech forsaketh,

Till, at thy wondrous birth, again returneth

Voice to the voiceless.

 

Thou, in thy mother’s womb all darkly cradled,

Knewest thy Monarch, biding in his chamber,

Whence the two parents, through their children’s merits,

Mysteries uttered.

 

Praise to the Father, to the Sole-begotten,

And to the Spirit, equal power possessing,

One God whose glory, through the lapse of ages,

Ever resoundeth.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
 

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O GLORY OF THE POLISH RACE (HYMN)

O GLORY OF THE POLISH RACE (HYMN)

O glory of the Polish race,

O splendour of the priestly band,

Whose lore did thy Lyceum grace,

John, father of the fatherland.

 

The law of the supernal will

Thou teachest both in word and deed;

Knowledge is naught – we must fulfill

In works, not barren words, our creed!

 

On foot to Apostolic Rome

Thy pilgrim spirit joyful hied;

Oh, to our everlasting home

The path declare, our footsteps guide!

 

Again, in Sion’s holy street,

Anew thou wet’st with tearful flood

The pathway of the Saviour’s feet

Erst wet with His redeeming Blood.

 

O sweet and bitter wounds of Christ,

Deep in our hearts imprinted stay,

That the blest fruit the sacrificed

Redeemer gained, be ours for aye!

 

Then let the world obeisance due

Perform, O God, to thy high will;

And let our souls, by grace made new,

Sing to thee a new canticle!

 

From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 
 

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WHEN THOU DOST PRAY THY MIGHTY PRAYER (HYMN)

WHEN THOU DOST PRAY THY MIGHTY PRAYER (HYMN)

When thou dost pray thy mighty prayer,

Disorders flee, and plagues abate,

And bodies, wasting in disease,

Regain at once their healthful state.

 

When phthisis, fevers, ulcers dire,

Have brought men to their latest breath,

When they are mourned as victims doomed,

Thou tak’st them from the jaws of death.

 

Thou pray’st; and goods, which down the stream

Are hurried on at headlong pace,

Drown by the mighty hand of God,

Float upwards, and their source retrace.

 

Do thou, who canst such wonders work,

Now from thy throne in heaven deign

To listen to our suppliant prayers,

That we may answering help obtain.

 

O Trinity forever One,

O Unity forever Trine,

That we may gain eternal joys,

To Cantius’ prayer thine ear incline.

Amen.

 

From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
 

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THY BODY WITH LONG FASTINGS WORN (HYMN)

THY BODY WITH LONG FASTINGS WORN (HYMN)

Thy body with long fastings worn;

Thy flesh with cruel scourgings torn;

‘Twas thine to live, O Blessed Saint,

A most unspotted penitent.

 

Oh, may we follow after thee,

In ways of holy purity!

And in the Spirit’s might control

Each evil passion of the soul!

 

Thou on the poor in winter’s snow

Oft thy own raiment didst bestow:

By hunger or by thirst oppressed,

They flew to thy parental breast.

 

O thou, who nothing didst deny

To those who sought thy charity,

Thy native land from harm defend,

And peace to all her borders send!

 

Praise to the Father, with the Son,

And Holy Spirit, Three in One;

Jesu, through thy dear servant’s prayer,

May we thy joys eternal share.

Amen.

 

From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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TERESA’S SPIRIT ON THIS DAY (HYMN)

TERESA’S SPIRIT ON THIS DAY (HYMN)

Teresa’s spirit on this day

In beauty took its upward way,

Pure as a white and shining dove,

To heaven’s holy house above.

 

She heard the Bridegroom’s joyful cry:

Come, Sister, come from Carmel high

The marriage of the Lamb to share;

Receive thy crown of glory there.

 

O Jesus, Bridegroom of the Blest,

By all the Virgins’ choir confessed,

To thee forevermore belong

Their worship and their marriage song.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 
 

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O HERALD OF THE HEAVENLY KING (HYMN)

O HERALD OF THE HEAVENLY KING (HYMN)

O herald of the heavenly King,

She left her father’s house to bring

Her message, Christ, to foreign lands,

Or shed her blood upon their sands.

 

But kindlier death, Teresa waits

To claim thee. Love, that compensates

The longing heart, will wound and smite

Thee down, yet all thy love requite.

 

O sacrifice of love divine,

Set all our hearts on fire, like thine;

And pray that we may be kept free

From flames of hell, who call on thee.

 

Praise to the Father, with the Son

And Paraclete, forever One:

To thee, O Holy Trinity,

Be praise for all eternity.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
 

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TO BE THE LAMB’S CELESTIAL BRIDE (HYMN)

TO BE THE LAMB’S CELESTIAL BRIDE (HYMN)

To be the Lamb’s celestial bride

Is Juliana’s one desire;

For this she quits her father’s home,

And leads the sacred virgin choir.

 

By day, by night, she mourns her Spouse

Nailed to the Cross, with ceaseless tears;

Till in herself, through very grief,

The image of that Spouse appears.

 

Like him, all wounds, she kneels transfixed

Before the Virgin Mother’s shrine;

And still the more she weeps, the more

Mounts up the flame of love divine.

 

That love so deep the Lord repaid

His handmaid on her dying bed;

When, with the food of heavenly life,

By miracle her soul he fed.

 

All praise to thee, O Maker blest!

Praise to the everlasting Son;

Praise to the mighty Paraclete

While ages upon ages run.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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