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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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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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O GREAT APOSTLE PAUL (HYMN)

O great Apostle Paul, may thy great wisdom teach

Our earth-bound souls to strive with thee the skies to reach;

Till that which perfect is shall shine with fuller glow,

And that be done away, which here in part we know.

 

All honour, might, and power and hymns of joy we bring,

While to the Trinity eternal praise we sing;

He rules the universe in wondrous unity,

And shall, throughout the days of all eternity. Amen.

 

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FATHER, GRANT THAT WE MAY TAKE JESUS CHRIST’S SUFFERINGS AS OUR MODEL

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, to provide an example of humility for mankind, you ordained that our Saviour should become man and submit to the cross; in your goodness grant that we may take his sufferings as our model and so share in his resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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MAY WE BE REVIVED BY THE HEALING COMFORT OF YOUR GRACE

Let us pray.

Almighty God, may we, who are deservedly prostrate on account of our misdeeds, be revived by the healing comfort of your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Prayers for Today

 

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REACH OUT YOUR ALL-POWERFUL RIGHT HAND

Let us pray.

O almighty God, listen to the prayers of your humble servants, and for our protection reach out your all-powerful right hand. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Prayers for Today

 

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRAYING THE BOOK OF HOURS (THE DIVINE OFFICE)?

[The Liturgy of Hours – Divine Office – is available as a book/books; it contains, following ancient custom and uninterrupted tradition, a specified set of mainly Psalms, but also hymns, Bible verses, prayers in accordance with the liturgical year, which are prayed by the Church all around the clock all over the world.]

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“Why should people say an Office? The special value of the liturgy is that it is the official prayer of the Church, the voice of the Mystical Body in which all our poor voices intermingle with the voice of Our Lord and take on the quality of His prayer. This places liturgical prayer on an eminence above our own individual prayers.

A SUPREME FORM OF PURE PRAYER

But there is another vitally important aspect. In itself, and quite apart from that other official value possessed by it, the Office is a supreme form of pure prayer. It puts us facing God, using the words of the Holy Spirit. The Office is made up for the most part of the Psalms and extracts from the Scriptures, interspersed with lovely hymns, including the supreme canticles – the Te Deum, Magnificat, Benedictus, Nunc Dimittis.

Some of the verses are set in the mouth of God and some in the mouth of the person addressing God. Therefore it is a case of dialogue between God and that person. There we have the ideal form of prayer: a conversation with God.

IN THE ARMS OF GOD, LIKE A CHILD

Secondly, as the words are those of the Holy Spirit, we can rest content with them. We have not to distract ourselves by having to work out phrases of our own. We lie in the arms of God, just as a child would in the arms of a beloved parent, holding our effortless chat with Him.

Every line of the Psalms affords food for thought and love. There is literary beauty in them, not that this represents an ingredient that can be called vital; nevertheless, it is of help. All the emotions and the trials of life are covered. All the time we can readily apply the words to our own personal circumstances. Either we are pleading with God in regard to our necessities or we find He is replying to us about them.

The whole course of the Divine history is reviewed. The names of all the special persons and places recur. As we proceed we encounter the items of prophecy concerning the Redeemer and the Woman who is to be His co-operator…

COMMITMENT ABOVE AND BEFORE ALL SECONDARY THINGS

[The Breviary therefore offers] us all the ingredients of a perfect prayer. It does another thing. It commits us to half an hour of it daily. This commitment is psychologically important. It tends to ensure the fulfilment of the duty with regularity, fitting it into the daily schedule and not permitting it to be elbowed out by all sorts of secondary things. It establishes its own place in the life.

But a primary consideration must never be lost sight of. It is that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and an inseparable part of the plan of salvation. As the Council terms her, she is Helpmate, Advocate, Co-operator, Mediatrix. It is His will to do all things in union with her and to bestow through her His gifts and graces. If we desire to draw fully from that treasure we must be attentive not only to Him but to her also.”
– Servant of God Frank Duff

 
 

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