Bright Builder of the heavenly poles,
Eternal light of faithful souls,
Jesus, Redeemer of mankind,
Our humble prayers vouchsafe to mind:
Who, lest the fraud of hell’s mean king
Should all men to destruction bring,
Didst, by an act of generous love,
The fainting world’s physician prove.
Thou, that thou mightst our ransom pay
And wash the stains of sin away,
Didst from a Virgin’s womb proceed
And on the Cross a Victim bleed.
Thy glorious power, thy saving name
No sooner any voice can frame,
but heaven and earth and hell agree
To honour them with trembling knee.
Thee, Christ, who at the latter day
Shalt be our Judge, we humbly pray
Such arms of heavenly grace to send
As may thy Church from foes defend.
Be glory given and honour done
To God the Father and the Son
And to the Holy Spirit on high,
From age to age eternally.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964