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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.

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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. *)

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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.

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PRAISE we the Lord this day,

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

On waiting saints of old.

2

The Prophet gave the sign

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

Shall bear the promised Seed.

3

Ask not how this should be,

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

Came down to shadow o’er.

4

Meekly she bowed her head

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

The favoured of the Lord.

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Blessèd shall be her name

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

The Incarnate Saviour's birth.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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