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O what their joy and their glory must be,

Those endless Sabbaths the bless-ed ones see!

Crown for the valiant; to weary ones rest;

God shall be all, and in all ever blest.


What are the Monarch, his court, and his throne?

What are the peace and the joy that they own?

Tell us, ye blest ones, that in it have share,

If what ye feel ye can fully declare.


Truly Jerusalem name we that shore,

‘Vision of peace,’ that brings joy evermore!

Wish and fulfilment can severed be ne’er,

Nor the thing prayed for come short of the prayer.


We, where no trouble distraction can bring,

Safely the anthems of Sion shall sing;

While for thy grace, Lord, their voices of praise

Thy bless-ed people shall evermore raise.


There dawns no Sabbath, no Sabbath is o’er,

Those Sabbath-keepers have one and no more;

One and unending is that triumph-song

Which to the Angels and us shall belong.


Now, in the meanwhile, with hearts raised on high,

We for that country must yearn and must sigh,

Seeking Jerusalem, dear native land,

Through our long exile on Babylon’s strand.


Low before him with our praises we fall,

Of whom, and in whom, and through whom are all;

Of whom, the Father; and through whom, the Son;

In whom, the Spirit, with these ever One.


– O quanta qualia sunt illa Sabbata,

P. Abelard, 1079-1142. Tr. J. M. Neale



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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Inspirational Hymns


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Ye who own the faith of Jesus

Sing the wonders that were done,

When the love of God the Father

O’er our sin the victory won,

When he made the Virgin Mary

Mother of his only Son.

Hail Mary, full of grace.


Bless-ed were the chosen people

Out of whom the Lord did come,

Bless-ed was the land of promise

Fashioned for his earthly home;

But more bless-ed far the Mother

She who bare him in her womb.


Wherefore let all faithful people

Tell the honour of her name,

Let the Church in her foreshadowed

Part in her thanksgiving claim;

What Christ’s Mother sang in gladness

Let Christ’s people sing the same.


Let us weave our supplications,

She with us and we with her,

For the advancement of the faithful,

For each faithful worshipper,

for the doubting, for the sinful,

For each heedless wanderer.


May the Mother’s intercessions

On our homes a blessing win,

That the children all be prospered,

Strong and fair and pure within,

Following our Lord’s own footsteps,

Firm in faith and free from sin.



For the sick and for the ag-ed,

For our dear ones far away,

For the hearts that mourn in secret,

All who need our prayers to-day,

For the faithful gone before us,

May the holy Virgin pray.


Praise, O Mary, praise the Fat her,

Praise thy Saviour and thy Son,

Praise the everlasting Spirit,

Who hath made thee ark and throne;

O’er all creatures high exalted,

Lowly praise the Three in One. Amen.

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Prayers to Our Lady


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Christ is our corner-stone,

On him alone we build;

With his true saints alone

The courts of heav’n are filled:

On his great love

Our hopes we place

Of present grace

And joys above.


O then with hymns of praise

These hallowed courts shall ring;

Our voices we will raise

The Three in One to sing;

And thus proclaim

In joyful song,

Both loud and long,

That glorious name.


Here, gracious God, do thou

For evermore draw nigh;

Accept each faithful vow,

And mark each suppliant sigh;

In copious shower

On all who pray

Each holy day

Thy blessings pour.


Here may we gain from heav’n

The grace which we implore;

And may that grace, once given,

Be with us evermore,

Until that day

When all the blest

To endless rest

Are called away.

– J. Chandler, 1806-76

based on Angularis fundamentum

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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Inspirational Hymns


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Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands

That holy things have taken;

Let ears that now have heard thy songs

To clamour never waken.


Lord, may the tongues which ‘Holy’ sang

Keep free from all deceiving;

The eyes which saw thy love be bright,

Thy bless-ed hope perceiving.


The feet that tread thy holy courts

From light do thou not banish;

The bodies by thy Body fed

With thy new life replenish.

– Ascribed to St Ephraim the Syrian, d. 373

Tr. C. W. Humphreys and P. Dearmer


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1. I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
how Jesus the Saviour did come to die
for poor ord’n’ry people like you and like I.
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

2. When Mary birthed Jesus, ’twas in a cow’s stall
with wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God’s heaven a star’s light did fall,
and the promise of ages it did then recall.

3. If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
a star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
or all of God’s angels in heav’n for to sing,
Hhe surely could have it, ’cause he was the king.


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1. Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2. Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining;
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall:
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch, and Saviour of all.

3. Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
odours of Edom, and offering divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

4. Vainly we offer each other oblation,
vainly with gifts would his favour secure;
richer by far is the heart’s adoration;
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

5. Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.


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1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear:

Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them vict’ry o’er the grave:

3. O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight:

4. O come, thou key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery.

5. O come, O come, thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
in ancient times, didst give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.

– from the ‘Great O Antiphons’ (12th-13th century)


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