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O FOR THY SPIRIT (HYMN)

O FOR THY SPIRIT (HYMN)

O for thy spirit, holy John, to chasten

Lips sin-polluted, fettered tongues to loosen;

So by thy children might thy deeds of wonder

Meetly be chanted.

 

Lo! a swift herald, from the skies descending,

Bears to thy father’s promise of thy greatness;

How he shall name thee, what thy future story,

Duly revealing.

 

Scarcely believing message so transcendent,

Him for season power of speech forsaketh,

Till, at thy wondrous birth, again returneth

Voice to the voiceless.

 

Thou, in thy mother’s womb all darkly cradled,

Knewest thy Monarch, biding in his chamber,

Whence the two parents, through their children’s merits,

Mysteries uttered.

 

Praise to the Father, to the Sole-begotten,

And to the Spirit, equal power possessing,

One God whose glory, through the lapse of ages,

Ever resoundeth.

Amen.

 

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

 
 

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THY BODY WITH LONG FASTINGS WORN (HYMN)

THY BODY WITH LONG FASTINGS WORN (HYMN)

Thy body with long fastings worn;

Thy flesh with cruel scourgings torn;

‘Twas thine to live, O Blessed Saint,

A most unspotted penitent.

 

Oh, may we follow after thee,

In ways of holy purity!

And in the Spirit’s might control

Each evil passion of the soul!

 

Thou on the poor in winter’s snow

Oft thy own raiment didst bestow:

By hunger or by thirst oppressed,

They flew to thy parental breast.

 

O thou, who nothing didst deny

To those who sought thy charity,

Thy native land from harm defend,

And peace to all her borders send!

 

Praise to the Father, with the Son,

And Holy Spirit, Three in One;

Jesu, through thy dear servant’s prayer,

May we thy joys eternal share.

Amen.

 

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

 

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RULER OF THE DREAD IMMENSE (HYMN)

RULER OF THE DREAD IMMENSE (HYMN)

Ruler of the dread immense!

Maker of this mighty frame!

Whose eternal providence

Guides it, as from thee it came;

 

Low before thy throne we bend;

Hear our supplicating cries;

And thy light celestial send

With the freshly dawning skies.

 

King of kings, and Lord most High!

This of thy dear love we pray:

May the Guardian Angel nigh,

Keep us from all sin this day.

 

May he crush the deadly wiles

Of the envious serpent’s art,

Ever spreading cunning toils

Round about the thoughtless heart.

 

May he scatter ruthless war

Ere to this our land it come;

Plague and famine drive away,

Fix securely peace at home.

 

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

One eternal Trinity!

Guard by thy Angelic host

Us who put our trust in thee.

Amen.

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

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in Inspirational Hymns

 

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JESUS, THE WORLD’S REDEEMER, HEAR (HYMN)

JESUS, THE WORLD’S REDEEMER, HEAR (HYMN)

Jesu, the world’s Redeemer, hear,

Thy Bishops’ fadeless crown, draw near:

Accept with gentlest love today

The prayers and praises that we pay.

 

The meek Confessor of thy Name

Today attained a glorious fame;

Whose yearly feast, in solemn state,

Thy faithful people celebrate.

 

The world and all its boasted good,

As vain and passing, he eschewed;

And therefore with Angelic bands,

In endless joy forever stands.

 

Grant then that we, most gracious God,

May follow in the steps he trod:

And, at his prayer, thy servants free

From stain of all iniquity.

 

To thee, O Christ, our loving King,

All glory, praise, and thanks we bring:

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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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in More Inspirational Hymns

 

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LORD, TEACH US HOW TO PRAY ARIGHT (HYMN)

– Lent –

Lord, teach us how to pray aright

With reverence and fear;

Though dust and ashes in thy sight,

We may, we must draw near.

We perish if we cease from prayer,

O grant us pow’r to pray;

And when to meet thee we prepare,

Lord, meet us in the way.

– James Montgomery (1771-1854)

 

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AVE, STAR OF OCEAN (HYMN)

Ave, Star of ocean,

Child divine who barest,

Mother, ever Virgin,

Heaven’s portal fairest.

 

Taking that sweet Ave

Erst by Gabriel spoken,

Eva’s name reversing,

Be of peace the token.

 

Break the sinners’ fetters,

Light to blind restoring,

All our ills dispelling,

Every boon imploring.

 

Show thyself a Mother

In thy supplication;

He will hear who chose thee

At his Incarnation.

 

Maid all maids excelling,

Passing meek and lowly,

Win for sinners pardon,

Make us chaste and holy.

 

As we onward journey

Aid our weak endeavour,

Till we gaze on Jesus

And rejoice forever.

 

Father, Son and Spirit,

Three in One confessing,

Give we equal glory

Equal praise and blessing. Amen.

 
 

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JESU, THE VIRGINS’ CROWN (HYMN)

Jesu, the Virgins’ crown, do thou

Accept us as in prayer we bow;

Born of that Virgin, whom alone

The Mother and the Maid we own.

 

Among the lilies thou dost feed,

By Virgin choirs accompanied;

With glory decked, the spotless brides

Whose bridal gifts thy love provides.

 

They, wheresoe’er thy footsteps bend,

With hymns and praises still attend;

In blessed troops they follow thee,

With dance, and song, and melody.

 

We pray thee therefore to bestow

Upon our senses here below

Thy grace, that so we may endure

From taint of all corruption pure.

 

To God the Father, God the Son,

And God the Spirit, Three in One,

Laud, honour, might, and glory be

From age to age eternally. Amen.

– From: The Roman Breviary, translated from Latin, Burns & Oates, London 1964

 
 

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