Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Te Splendor et Virtus Patris (Hymn to Holy Michael the Archangel)

Sculpture of Holy Michael the Archangel,
taken from "Dutch Harbor Dirt" blog

[Taken from the 1957 edition of the Raccolta; translated by E. Caswell]

O Jesus! life-spring of the soul!
The Father's power, and glory bright!
Thee with the Angels we extol;
From Thee they draw their life and light.

Thy thousand, thousand hosts are spread
Embattled o'er the azure sky;
But Michael bears Thy standard dread,
And lifts the mighty Cross on high.

He in that sign the rebel powers
Did with their dragon prince expel;
And hurled them from the heaven's high towers
Down like a thunderbolt to hell.

Grant us with Michael still, O Lord,
Against the Prince of Pride to fight;
So may a crown be our reward,
Before the Lamb's pure throne of light.

To God the Father and the Son
And Holy Paraclete to Thee,
As evermore hath been before,
Be glory through eternity. Amen.

Ant. Most glorious Prince, Michael the Archangel, be ever mindful of us; here and everywhere pray always for us to the Son of God.

V. Before the Angels will I sing praise unto Thee, O my God;
R. I will worship at Thy holy temple, and praise thy name.

Let us pray.
O God, who in wondrous order dost ordain and constitute the services of men and Angels; mercifully grant that our life may be defended on earth by them that stand near Thee, evermore ministering to Thee in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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