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E’EN HEAVEN ITSELF GOD SET ASIDE (HYMN)

E’EN HEAVEN ITSELF GOD SET ASIDE (HYMN)

E’en heaven itself God set aside

In Maiden Mother to abide,

To clothe himself in earthly clay,

Our Ransomer, for men to slay.

 

The Maiden  brought him forth to light

To save us from our sorry plight;

He bought us with his very Blood

On Cross ‘mid pain in cruel flood.

 

May joyful hope, – a welcome guest,

Drive terror forth from every breast:

Our tears and prayers the Son will heed

If Mother for us intercede.

 

The Son accepts the Mother’s prayer;

Where rest her wishes, his are there.

Then let us love her each and all

And in the strife upon her call.

 

Be glory to the Three-in-One

Who ‘riched the Virgin with the Son;

To God in heaven let earth upraise

Through age on age a hymn of praise.

Amen.

 

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

 

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NOW HELL IS VANQUISHED (HYMN)

NOW HELL IS VANQUISHED (HYMN)

Now hell is vanquished; every chain

Of sin is broken; Christ again

Returning, victor over death,

The gates of heaven openeth.

 

We mortals saw Him, till He passed

Into the heavens, where at last,

Partaker of God’s glory bright,

He sitteth on the Father’s right.

 

From thence He sheds the promised boon,

The Holy Spirit, on his own

In fiery tongues of love, o’erspread

Above each sad disciple’s head.

 

The Virgin, from the flesh set free,

Is borne beyond the stars; where she

Receives from heaven’s joyous throngs

The welcome of angelic throngs.

 

Twice six the stars that crown her brow;

The gracious Mother reigneth now

Beside her Son’s eternal throne

O’er all creation as her own.

 

All honour, laud, and glory be,

O Jesu, Virgin-born to thee;

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

 
 

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THE MESSENGER FROM GOD’S HIGH THRONE (HYMN)

THE MESSENGER FROM GOD’S HIGH THRONE (HYMN)

The Messenger from God’s high throne

His secret counsel making known

Hails Mary, child of David’s race,

God’s Virgin Mother, full of grace.

 

The Mother Maid with joyous feet

Her friend, John’s mother, goes to greet;

He, stirring in the enclosing womb,

Declares that Christ his Lord has come.

 

The Word, who ere the worlds began,

From God the Father’s thought forth ran,

Of Mary, Virgin undefiled,

For us is born a mortal child.

 

Christ to the Temple courts they bring;

The King’s own law subjects the King;

The world’s Redeemer for a price

Is there redeemed, our sacrifice.

 

The joyful Mother finds once more

The Son she mourned as lost before;

While doctors by His speech were shown

The mysteries they had never known.

 

The Mount of Olives witnesseth

The awful agony of God;

His soul is sorrowful to death,

His sweat of blood bedews the sod.

 

And now the traitor’s work is done:

The clamorous crowds around Him surge;

Bound to pillar, God the Son

Quivers beneath the blood-red scourge.

 

Lo! clad in purple soiled and worn,

Meekly the Saviour waiteth now

While wretches plait the cruel thorn

To crown with shame His royal brow.

 

Sweating and sighing, faint with loss

Of what hath flowed from life’s red fount,

He bears the exceeding heavy Cross

Up the verge of Calvary’s mount.

 

Nailed to the wood of ancient curse,

Between two thieves the Sinless One

Still praying for His murderers,

Breathes forth His soul, and all is done!

 

All honour, laud, and glory be,

O Jesu, Virgin-born to thee;

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

 

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ALL YE WHO WOULD THE CHRIST DESCRY (HYMN)

ALL YE WHO WOULD THE CHRIST DESCRY (HYMN)

All ye who would the Christ descry,

Lift up your eyes to him on high:

There mortal gaze hath strength to see

The token of his majesty.

 

A wondrous sign we there behold,

That knows not death nor groweth old

Sublime, Most High, that cannot fade,

That was ere earth and heaven were made.

 

Here is the King the Gentiles fear,

The Jews’ most mighty King is here

Promised to Abraham of yore,

And to his seed forevermore.

 

‘Tis the Prophets’ words foretold,

And by their signs shown forth of old;

The Father’s witness hath ordained

That we should hear with faith unfeigned.

 

Jesu, to thee our praise we pay,

To little ones revealed today,

With Father and Blest Spirit One

Until the ages’ course is done.

 

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

 
 

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CHRIST THE GLORY OF THE SKY (HYMN)

CHRIST THE GLORY OF THE SKY (HYMN)

Christ the glory of the sky,

Christ of earth the hope secure,

Only Son of God most high,

Offspring of a maiden pure.

 

Purest Light, within us dwell,

Never from our souls depart;

Come, the shades of earth dispel,

Fill and purify the heart.

– Aeterna Christi gloria, 5th century

 
 

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ANGEL-GUARDIANS OF MEN (HYMN)

ANGEL-GUARDIANS OF MEN (HYMN)

Angel-guardians of men, spirits and powers we sing,

Whom our Father hath sent, aids to our weakly frame,

Heavenly friends and guides, help from on high to bring,

Lest we fail through the foe-man’s wile.

 

He, the spoiler of souls, Angel-traitor of old,

Cast in merited wrath out of his honoured place,

Burns with envy and hate, seeking their souls to gain

Whom God’s mercy invites to heaven.

 

Therefore come to our help watchful ward of our lives:

Turn aside from the land God to thy care confides

Sickness and woe of soul, yea, and what else of ill

Peace of heart to its folk denies.

 

Now to the Holy Trinity praise evermore resound:

Under whose hand divine resteth the triple world

Governed in wondrous wise: glory by theirs and might

While the ages unending run.

 

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

 

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CHRIST, OF THE ANGELS PRAISE AND ADORATION (HYMN)

CHRIST, OF THE ANGELS PRAISE AND ADORATION (HYMN)

Christ, of the Angels praise and adoration.

Father and Saviour thou, of every nation,

Graciously grant us all to gain a station,

Where thou art reigning.

 

Angel Physician, health on man bestowing,

Raphael send us from the skies all glowing,

All sickness curing, wisest counsel showing

In doubt and danger.

 

May the fair Mother of the Light be o’er us,

Virgin of peace, with all the Angel chorus,

And may the heavenly army go before us,

Guiding and guarding.

 

O may the Godhead, endless bliss possessing,

Father, Son, Spirit, grant to us this blessing;

All his creation joins his praise confessing,

Now and forever.

Amen.

 

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

 
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