Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Advent evening Hymn

Come, Sun and Savior, to embrace Our gloomy world,
its weary race,
As groom to bride, as bride to groom:
The wedding chamber, Mary's womb.
At your great Name, O Jesus, now
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
All things on earth with one accord,
Like those in heaven, shall call you Lord.
Come in your holy might, we pray,
Redeem us for eternal day;
Defend us while we dwell below,
From all assaults of our dread foe.

Advent Evening Hymn (8th Century)

Monday, November 17, 2014

St Hilda's Birth

We do not know where Hilda was born, but we learn from Bede that her birth took place in the year 614. She was the second daughter of Hereric, great nephew of King Edwin of Northumbria, and his wife Breguswith. Her elder sister Hereswith, married the King of East Anglia. Hilda’s noble status is important in understanding her, but it did not mean she had an easy life.

When she was still an infant, her father was murdered by poisoning while in exile at the court of the British King of Elmet, (in what is now West Yorkshire). It is generally assumed that she was brought up at King Edwin’s court in Northumbria.

Graphic: 7th century Northumbrian kings and Abbesses.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

All Saints Day (5)

A Litany of The Saints

Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord have mercy on us)

Christ, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us)

Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord, have mercy on us)

Christ, hear us. (Christ, hear us)

Christ, graciously hear us. (Christ, graciously hear us)

God the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us)

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us)

God the Holy Spirit, (have mercy on us.)

Holy Trinity, Blessed Three fold Friendship of the Living God, (have mercy on us)

Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, (pray for us*)

St. Michael, St. Gabriel,St.

All you holy Angels and Archangels,

St. John the Baptist,St. Joseph,

All you holy Patriarchs and Prophets and Apostles,

,All you holy Martyrs,

All you holy Bishops and Confessors,

All you holy Doctors,

All you holy Priests and Levites,

All you holy Monks and Hermits,

St. Mary Magdalen,St. Agatha,St. Lucy,St. Agnes,St. Cecilia,St. Catherine,St. Anastasia,All you holy Virgins and Widows,

All you holy Saints of God, (make intercession for us.)

Be merciful, (spare us, O Lord.)

Be merciful, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)

From all evil, O Lord (deliver us*)

From all sin,

From the snares of the devil,

From anger, and hatred, and every evil will,

Through the mystery of Your holy Incarnation,

Through Your Coming,

Through Your Birth,

Through Your Baptism and holy Fasting,

Through Your Cross and Passion,

Through Your Death Burial and Resurrection,

Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

In the day of judgment .(We implore you to hear us*)

That You would spare us, That You would pardon us,

 That You would bring us to true penance,

That You would vouchsafe to govern and preserve Your holy Church,

That You would vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate,and all orders of the Church in holy religion,

That You would vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church,

That You would vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,

That You would vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to the whole Christian world,

That You would call back to the unity of the Church all who havestrayed from her fold, and to guide all unbelievers into the light of the Gospel,

That You would vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Your holy service,

That You would lift up our minds to heavenly desires,

That You would render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,

That You would deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren,relations, and benefactors, from eternal damnation,

That You would vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth,

That You would vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,

That You would vouchsafe graciously to hear us,Son of God,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)

 Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)

 Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

Christ,  (hear us)

Christ, (graciously hear us)

Lord, have mercy, (Lord have mercy)

Christ, have mercy, (Christ, have mercy)

Lord, have mercy,  (Lord, have mercy)

Finally say the Our Father inaudibly.