Tuesday, December 27, 2011


O Light Incarnate! Son of God!
Shed Thy bright Birthday beams
Upon our Church, upon our hearts,
In Sacramental streams;
And while we hail Thy Christmas-tide
With solemn Eucharist,
Accept our loving thanks and praise
For Thine Evangelist.

John the Divine, whose doctrine glows
As crystal in the sun, --
Translucent with the Light of Light,
The Incarnate Holy One;
His first Apocalypse he saw
In Patmos' sacred isle,
And now he stands, enwrapt, entranced
In God's eternal smile.

And Light is shining down from Heaven
To gladden all the earth,
For John's evangel still declares
The Mystery of God's Birth,
And through the darkness of the world,
Led by that Gospel ray,
The Church in perfect safety walks
To light of endless day.

So keep us, Jesu, in Thy Truth,
That we at last may rise
Where shadows all shall flee away
Before our opening eyes,
Transfigured and transformed with him
Whose praise today we sing,
Into Thy Likeness Who art Light,
Its Maker and its King.

And grant us even now to see
Here, in this holy place,
Some Revelation of Thyself
In Sacraments of Grace,
Till with Thy loved Evangelist
We reach our Heavenly Rest,
And share his sweet Beatitude,
-- "Leaning on Jesus' Breast."

O Son of Mary! Son of God!
To Thee our hymns ascent,
With Father, Spirit, ever One,
We praise Thee without end;
O! by Thine Incarnation, Lord,
Preserve us in Thy Grace,
Till in that Light we see Thy Light
And worship face to face.

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O God, who through the blessed Apostle John have unlocked for us the secrets of your Word, grant, we pray, that we may grasp with proper understanding what he has so marvellously brought to our ears. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Nul autre Je ne veux

C'est un corps glorieux
Que le Corps du Seigneur,
Pour y reposer mon cœur
Nul autre je ne veux.

C'est un pain savoureux
Que le Pain du Seigneur,
Pour fortifier mon cœur
Nul autre je ne veux.

C'est un grain fructueux
Que le Grain du Seigneur,
Pour ensemencer mon cœur
Nul autre je ne veux.

C'est un sang généreux
Que le Sang du Seigneur,
Pour purifier mon cœur
Nul autre je ne veux.

C'est un don merveilleux
Que l'Amour du Seigneur,
Pour transfigurer mon cœur
Nul autre je ne veux.

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