Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Hymn I read this morning at 4:00 AM

I woke up way too early today, I don't know why. I couldn't get back to sleep so I figured I might as well read and pray. I came upon this hymn at Universalis, a site with the "Liturgy of the Hours" also called the "Divine Office". This is similar to the Matins and Vespers and so-forth that I used in the "Treasury of Daily Prayer" before, except it's the Roman Catholic version of it.  I like the hymn, so I'm sharing it here:

Hail, day! whereon the One in Three
First formed the earth by sure decree,
The day its Maker rose again,
And vanquished death, and burst our chain.
Away with sleep and slothful ease!
We raise our hearts and bend our knees,
And early seek the Lord of all,
Obedient to the Prophet’s call:
That he may hearken to our prayer,
Stretch forth his strong right arm to spare,
And, every past offense forgiven,
Restore us to our home in heaven.
Assembled here this holy day,
This holiest hour we raise the lay;
And, O, that he to whom we sing,
May now reward our offering!
Most Holy Father, hear our cry,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord most High
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally.

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