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ALL YE WHO WOULD THE CHRIST DESCRY (HYMN)

ALL YE WHO WOULD THE CHRIST DESCRY (HYMN)

All ye who would the Christ descry,

Lift up your eyes to him on high:

There mortal gaze hath strength to see

The token of his majesty.

 

A wondrous sign we there behold,

That knows not death nor groweth old

Sublime, Most High, that cannot fade,

That was ere earth and heaven were made.

 

Here is the King the Gentiles fear,

The Jews’ most mighty King is here

Promised to Abraham of yore,

And to his seed forevermore.

 

‘Tis the Prophets’ words foretold,

And by their signs shown forth of old;

The Father’s witness hath ordained

That we should hear with faith unfeigned.

 

Jesu, to thee our praise we pay,

To little ones revealed today,

With Father and Blest Spirit One

Until the ages’ course is done.

 

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

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CHRIST, OF THE ANGELS PRAISE AND ADORATION (HYMN)

CHRIST, OF THE ANGELS PRAISE AND ADORATION (HYMN)

Christ, of the Angels praise and adoration.

Father and Saviour thou, of every nation,

Graciously grant us all to gain a station,

Where thou art reigning.

 

Angel Physician, health on man bestowing,

Raphael send us from the skies all glowing,

All sickness curing, wisest counsel showing

In doubt and danger.

 

May the fair Mother of the Light be o’er us,

Virgin of peace, with all the Angel chorus,

And may the heavenly army go before us,

Guiding and guarding.

 

O may the Godhead, endless bliss possessing,

Father, Son, Spirit, grant to us this blessing;

All his creation joins his praise confessing,

Now and forever.

Amen.

 

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

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2019 in More Inspirational Hymns

 

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O GOD, OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT THY FIGHT (HYMN)

O GOD, OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT THY FIGHT (HYMN)

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. (Jm 1:12)

 

O God, of those that fought thy fight,

Portion, and prize, and crown of light,

Break every bond of sin and shame

As now we praise thy Martyr’s name.

 

He decked not of the world’s allure,

But sin and pomp of sin foreswore:

Knew all their gall, and passed them by,

And reached the throne prepared on high.

 

Bravely the course of pain he ran,

And bare his torments as a man:

For love of thee his blood outpoured,

And thus obtained the great reward.

 

With humble voice and suppliant word

We pray thee therefore, holy Lord,

While we the Martyr’s feast-day keep,

Forgive thy loved and erring sheep.

 

Glory and praise for aye be done

To God the Father, and the Son,

And Holy Spirit, who reign on high,

One God, to all eternity. Amen.

 

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

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in More Inspirational Hymns

 

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ST CECILIA: WHILE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE PLAYING, SHE SANG TO THE LORD

ST CECILIA: WHILE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE PLAYING, SHE SANG TO THE LORD

While the musical instruments were playing, the Virgin Cecilia sang in her heart to the Lord alone, saying: * “Lord, let my heart and my body be undefiled, that I be not ashamed.” She fasted and prayed for two days and three days together, and committed to the Lord the cause of her fear.

ST CECILIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 22 (PATRON SAINT OF MUSICIANS)

Cecilia, a Roman maiden born of a noble family, at an early age vowed her virginity to God. But when she was married against her will to Valerian, she persuaded him to respect her virginity and to go to Pope Urban to receive Baptism so that he would be worthy to see her guardian angel.

After Valerian had obtained this favour, he converted his brother Tiburtius to Christ, and they both shortly afterwards suffered martyrdom under the Prefect Almachius. Moreover, Cecilia was arrested by the same Almachius and, because she had distributed their property to the poor, ordered her to be put to death in a hot bath.

But when the heat had no effect on her, she was struck three blows with an axe and left half dead, and after three days she obtained her palm of martyrdom. She was buried in the cemetery of Callistus. Her body, and those of Popes Urban and Lucius, and of Valerian and Maximus were brought back to the city of Pope Paschal I and were buried in the church consecrated in the name of St Cecilia.

St Cecilia, pray for us.

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

 

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HELP US TO SING – PRAYER TO ST CECILIA

O glorious St Cecilia, who chose to die instead of denying your King, we pray you please to help us as His fair praise we sing. We lift our hearts in joyous song to honour Him this way.

And while we sing, remembering, to sing is to doubly pray. At once in our hearts and in our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there.

While in our hearts and tongues we try with song to praise God twice, we ask, dear saint, to help us be united close to Christ! Amen.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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CHRIST IS OUR CORNER-STONE, ON HIM ALONE WE BUILD (HYMN)

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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“I WANT JESUS TO COME IN HERE!” – CATHOLIC NUN WINS TV TALENT SHOW

“She captured the imagination and hearts of Catholics worldwide with upbeat renditions of pop songs, and now Sr Cristina Scuccia has just made history as the first nun to win a TV talent show.

The 25-year-old Ursuline nun, who left audiences gobsmacked when she first graced the stage wearing her traditional habit, clinched first place in the final of the Italian version of ‘The Voice’.

‘My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs!’ she said as her victory was announced.

Punching the air and reciting The Our Father, she added: ‘I want Jesus to come in here!’

Sr Cristina, who is originally from Sicily but lives in a convent near Milan, took 60 per cent of the vote to triumph against a rocker with long, curly hair who sang ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

Speaking ahead of her final performance, she said her popularity was based on ‘a thirst for joy, for love, a message that is beautiful and pure.’

‘A THIRST FOR JOY, FOR LOVE, A MESSAGE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND PURE’

Her progress on the singing competition has been followed by millions of fans after a YouTube video of her first audition went viral in March.

The ‘blind’ audition process meant that the four coaches, who are famous Italian singers, had their backs turned to Sr Cristina and could only judge her by her vocal technique.

Within seconds of bursting into song, all the judges spun their chairs around – which is their method of showing approval – to be met with the unexpected vision of the vocalist.

The video of her original performance, in which she sang ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys, has been viewed over 51 million times.

The reformed rebel, who admitted that she had no room for religion in her life when she was younger, used to sing in a band until she heard the call from God.

And now, although she has won a recording contract with esteemed music label Universal, she says her vocation comes before a singing career.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Friday 13th June, 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).

 

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