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Templi sacratas, pande, Sion, fores.
1 SION, ope thy hallowed dome ;

To His Temple Christ is come :
Lifeless shadows, haste away,
Grace and Truth beam out to-day.


Flocks and herds shall bleed no more ;
Stanched the flood of reeking gore ;
Lo! He comes from Heaven above,
Victim to His Father's Love.

3 Lo! the Virgin's downcast eye

Owns His hidden Godhead nigh :
Heavenly musings, all unheard,
Meetly hail the silent Word ;

4 Whilst to heaven her pious love

Duly vows the sacred dove,
And upon her bosom lies,
More than dove-like Sacrifice.

5 Aged Simeon sees at last

Hopes foretold from ages past;
Anna doth the Presence own
Yearning faith so long hath known.

6 Glory be to Father, Son,

And Blest Spirit, Three in One:
Lord, on high to Thee we raise
Faithful hearts in ceaseless praise. Amen.

1. Williams. (tr. *)



Exultet orbis gaudiis.
LET all on earth with songs rejoice,
Let heaven return the exulting voice ;
Let heaven and earth together raise
The great Apostles' glorious praise.

2 Thou, at whose word they spread the light

Of heavenly truth o'er heathen night,
Lights of the world for evermore;
Their light, O Lord, around us pour.

3 Thou, at whose will to them 'twas given

To bind or loose in earth or heaven;
Our chains unbind, our sins remove,
And lift our souls to things above.

4 Thou, in whose might they spake the word,

Which cured disease, and health restored ;
To us its healing power prolong,
Support the weak, confirm the strong.

5 And when Thou, Lord, again shalt come

To speak the world's unerring doom-
O then with them pronounce us blest,
And place us in Thine endless rest.

6 To Thee, O Father ! Son, to Thee !

To Thee, blest Spirit! glory be ;
As ever was in ages past,
And shall be still while ages last. Amen.

Bp. R. Mant. (1r.*) 208 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



PRAISE we the Lord this day,

This day so long foretold,
Whose promise shone with cheering ray

On waiting saints of old.


The Prophet gave the sign

For faithful men to read ;
A Virgin, born of David's line,

Shall bear the promised Seed.


Ask not how this should be,

But worship and adore ;
Like her, whom heaven's Majesty

Came down to shadow o’er.


Meekly she bowed her head

To hear the gracious word ;
Mary, the pure and lowly maid,

The favoured of the Lord.


Blessèd shall be her name

In all the Church on earth,
Through whom that wondrous mercy came,

The Incarnate Saviour's birth.


Jesu, the Virgin's Son,

We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One,

And Spirit evermore. Amen.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 209



VIRGIN-born! we bow before Thee ;
Blessed was the womb that bore Thee !
Mary, mother meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her Child !
Blessed was the breast that fed Thee !
Blessed was the hand that led Thee !
Blessed was the parent's eye

That watched Thy slumbering infancy ! 3 Blessed she, by all creation,

Who brought forth the world's Salvation !
And blessed they, for ever blest,

Who love Thee most and serve Thee best ! 4 Virgin-born! we bow before Thee !

Blessed was the womb that bore Thee !
Mary, mother meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her Child !

Bp. R. Heber,

St. Mark's Day.



Christi perennes nuntii.
CHRIST'S everlasting messengers,

Who from the opening skies,
Traverse the earth in showers of light,

And sow with mysteries !
The things discerned by seers of old,

Behind the shadowy screen,
In the full day have ye beheld,

With not a veil between.



3 The things which God as Man hath borne,

Which Man as God hath done,
Ye write, as God dictates, to all

Who see the circling sun.
4 Though far in space and time apart,

One Spirit sways you all ;
And we in those blest characters,

Hear now that living call.
5 Glory to God, the Three in One;

All glory be to Thee,
Who from our darkness callest us
Thy glorious light to see. Amen.

1. Williams. (tr.)

St. Philip & St. James's Day.


O JESU Lord, the Way, the Truth,

The Life, the Crown of all
Who here on earth confess Thy Name ;

O hear us when we call !

2 We bring to mind with grateful joy

Thy servants who of old
Withstood the snares of earth and hell,

And now Thy face behold;

3 Who sought on earth the joys of prayer,

And that communion knew,
Which saints and angels share above

With those who seek it too.

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