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The sun is sinking fast,

The daylight dies;

Let love awake, and pay

Her evening sacrifice.


As Christ upon the Cross,

In death reclined,

Into his Father’s hands

His parting soul reclined,


So now herself my soul

Would wholly give

Into his sacred charge,

In whom all spirits live;


So now beneath his eye

Would calmly rest,

Without a wish or thought

Abiding in the breast,


Save that his will be done,

Whate’er betide,

Dead to herself, and dead

In him to all beside.


Thus would I live; yet now

Not I, but he

In all his power and love

Henceforth alive in me –


One sacred Trinity,

One Lord Divine,

Myself for ever his,

And he for ever mine!

– Sol praeceps rapitur

Tr. E. Caswall


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Songs of praise the Angels sang,

Heaven with Alleluyas rang,

When creation was begun,

When God spake and it was done.


Songs of praise awoke the morn

When the Prince of Peace was born;

Songs of praise arose when he

Captive led captivity.


Heaven and earth must pass away,

Songs of praise shall crown that day;

God will make new heavens and earth,

Songs of praise shall hail their birth.


And will man alone be dumb

Till that glorious kingdom come?

No, the Church delights to raise

Psalms and hymns and songs of praise.


Saints below, with heart and voice,

Still in songs of praise rejoice;

Learning here, by faith and love,

Songs of praise to sing above.


Hymns of glory, songs of praise,

Father, unto thee we raise;

Jesus, glory unto thee,

Ever with the Spirit be. Amen.

– J. Montgomery, 1771-1854



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Holy Communion hymn

My spirit longs for thee

Within my troubled breast,

Though I unworthy be

Of so divine a Guest.


Of so divine a Guest

Unworthy though I be,

Yet has my heart no rest

Unless it come from thee.


Unless it come from thee,

In vain I look around;

In all that I can see

No rest is to be found.


No rest is to be found

But in thy bless-ed love:

O, let my wish be crowned,

And send it from above!

– J. Byrom, 1692-1763



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We pray thee, heavenly Father,

To hear us in thy love,

And pour upon thy children

The unction from above;

That so in love abiding,

From all defilement free,

We may in pureness offer

Our Eucharist to thee.


All that we have to offer,

For it is all thine own,

All gifts, by thine appointment,

In bread and cup are shown;

One thing alone we bring not,

The wilfulness of sin,

And all we bring is nothing

Save that which is within.


Within the pure oblation,

Beneath the outward sign,

By that his operation, –

The Holy Ghost divine, –

Lies hid the sacred Body,

Lies hid the precious Blood,

Once slain, now ever glorious,

Of Christ our Lord and God.


Wherefore, though all unworthy

To offer sacrifice,

We pray that this our duty

Be pleasing in thine eyes;

For praise, and thanks and worship,

For mercy and for aid,

The Catholic oblation

Of Jesus Christ is made.

– V. S. S. Coles, 1845-1929


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Faith of our fathers
Faith of our fathers!
Living still in spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
When’er we hear that glorious word!

Faith of our fathers! Holy Faith
We will be true to thee till death,
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free;
How sweet would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them could die for thee.

Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers,
Shall win our country back to thee.
And though the truth that comes from God
Our Land shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strive,
And preach thee too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life.

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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Inspirational Hymns


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