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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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– 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,

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, 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




Children of the heavenly King,

As ye journey sweetly sing;

Sing your Saviour’s worthy praise,

Glorious in his works and ways.


We are travelling home to God

In the way the fathers trod;

They are happy now, and we

Soon their happiness shall see.


Fear not, brethren; joyful stand

On the borders of your land;

Jesus Christ your Father’s Son,

Bids you undismayed go on.


Lord, obediently we go,

Gladly leaving all below;

Only thou our Leader be,

And we still will follow thee.

– J. Cennick, 1718-55


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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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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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