21 March 2023

Eric Milner-White: Lord, bless to me this Lent


As Lent progresses I share a well-known prayer of Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) that appeared in the 1967 edition of My God, My Glory.

LORD, bless to me this Lent.

Lord, let me fast most truly and profitably,
by feeding in prayer on thy Spirit:
reveal me to myself
in the light of thy holiness.

Suffer me never to think
that I have knowledge enough to need no teaching,
wisdom enough to need no correction,
talents enough to need no grace,
goodness enough to need no progress,
humility enough to need no repentance,
devotion enough to need no quickening,
strength sufficient without thy Spirit;
lest, standing still, I fall back for evermore.

Shew me the desires that should be disciplined,
and sloths to be slain.
Shew me the omissions to be made up
and the habits to be mended.
And behind these, weaken, humble, and annihilate in me
self-will, self-righteousness, self-satisfaction,
self-sufficiency, self-assertion, vainglory.

May my whole effort be to return to thee;
O make it serious and sincere
persevering and fruitful in result,
by the help of thy Holy Spirit
and to thy glory,
my Lord and my GOD.

The Very Reverend Dr  Eric Milner-White 
My God, My Glory
SPCK: London

01 January 2023

31 December 2022

Dante Alighieri's Hymn to Mary - Msgr Ronald Knox Translation


On the last day of Anno Domino 2022 
and the first day of the year Anno Domino 2023
I would like to share with you, dear Reader, 
the Ronald Knox translation of Dante Alighieri's Hymn to Mary:

Maiden, yet a mother,
Daughter of thy Son,
High beyond all other,
Lowlier is none;
Thou the consummation
Planned by God's decree,
When our lost creation
Nobler rose in thee!

Thus his place preparèd,
He who all things made
'Mid his creatures tarried,
In thy bosom laid;
There his love he nourished,
Warmth that gave increase 
To the root whence flourished
Our eternal peace.

Lady, lest our vision,
Striving heavenward, fail,
Still let thy petition
With thy Son prevail
Unto whom all merit,
Pow'r and majesty
With the Holy Spirit
And the Father be.

Ave dulcissima Maria !

28 December 2022

Salvete flores martyrum


Daily Prayer of St Edmund the Martyr


     Into Thy hands, O Lord, 
     and into the hands of Thy holy Angels, 
     I commit and entrust this day my soul, 
     my relations, my benefactors, 
     my friends and enemies, 
     and all Thy Catholic people. 

     Keep us, O Lord, through the day, 
     by the merits and intercession 
     of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all Thy Saints, 
     from all vicious and unruly desires, 
     from all sins and temptations of the devil, 
     and from sudden and unprovided death 
     and the pains of hell. 

     Illuminate my heart 
     with the grace of Thy Holy Spirit; 
     grant that I may ever be obedient 
     to Thy commandments; 
     suffer me not to be separated from Thee, O God, 
     who livest and reignest 
     with God the Father 
     and the same Holy Spirit 
     for ever and ever. Amen.

St. Edmund the Martyr
The Raccolta

That we may be delivered from every sling and arrow,
St. Edmund, pray for us.

27 December 2022

Uher Hymn: Now Light Your Lamps


by Vincent Uher

Now light your lamps, ye Christians wise
and gather 'neath Christ's Star.
The Light of lights, the Prince of Peace
has come here from afar.
No warrior he, the Word made flesh,
the servant of us all,
the Child whose breathing brings us peace,
whose heartbeat saves us all.

God's mother's face reveals his light
as moon shines by the sun,
And Joseph's eyes filled full with joy
gleam bright with God's own Son.
O Christ our God, true face of God
now cradled in their arms,
O please accept what gifts we bring:
our hearts, our minds, our love.

Child Jesus, hear our fervent prayer
for peace to reign on earth,
for great and small, for rich and poor,
for each to know their worth.
Though fallen be the human race
and sin and hate abound
give peace to all for in each face
thy image still is found.

O sing, you blessed company
of faithful people, Sing !
for God the Child whose very light
demands the darkness flee.
O Trinity of endless light,
with love our praise we bring
where Wisdom found a cave for house
to bring forth earth's true king.

Copyright © 2007 Vincent Uher
(May be sung to the tune FOREST GREEN)

11 December 2022

UherHymn: Sing of Mary, Blest is She

+ By the hand of Enid Chadwick +

1.  Sing of Mary, blest is she!
Mother of the Saviour!
"Yes!" said she to Gabriel's plea,
"Yes!" to God forever.
"Yes!" for every woman born.
"Yes!" for every nation.
"Yes!" for all of the unborn.
"Yes!" for all creation.

2.  Sing of Joseph, vexed was he,
Troubled and perplex-ed
Till an angel in a dream
Peace to him directed.
"Take the Virgin as your wife.
Love her baby wholly.
Love the infant as your life.
He's God's Son most holy."

3.  Sing of Jesus, blest is he
In the Lord's Name coming,
Born in great humility
Every person loving,
Prince of Peace and Counsellor--
Wonderful the telling!--
Came to earth to save us all
And to share his blessing.

4.  Mary, Joseph join us now
And all saints in glory
As we tell his love for all
In the sacred story.
Angels, shepherds, and the kings
To Christ's side are running.
Let all people ready now
For his second coming.

5.  Glory be to God on high!
Glory in the highest!
Peace on earth, goodwill to all
From the Lord Most Highest.
Blessings come for everyone,
Graces to God's credit
From the Father with the Son
Through the Holy Spirit. 

Words: Copyright © 1996-2006 by Vincent Uher
Music: Tempus adest floridum (Piae Cantiones)
Meter: 76 76 D

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Ave Maria by William Gomez


As the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe draws nigh, 
I ask the Blessed Mother to embrace us all 
and take us to her Son Jesus.

The following setting of Ave Maria by William Gomez is one of the most beautiful settings of the prayer sung by Elina Garanča, mezzo-soprano, in Vienna during Christmastide A.D. 2007.  The text of this setting is in Spanish.

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

17 May 2022

St Faustina: Prolonging the Time of Mercy


Jesus said to St Faustina:

I am prolonging the time of Mercy for the sake of [sinners]…. 

While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My Mercy… 

He who refuses to pass through the door of My Mercy must pass through the door of My Justice. 

Diary of St Faustina, 1160, 848, 1146

St Maria Faustina Kowalska

23 March 2022

Morley: The Funeral Sentences


The Funeral Sentences - The Book of Common Prayer
Thomas Morley, composer
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Paul McCreesh, Conductor

22 March 2022

Tomkins: Then David Mourned


Then David mourned with his lamentation - Thomas Tomkins
Oxford Camerata
Jeremy Summerly, Conductor

21 March 2022

Whiteacre: When David Heard


When David Heard  -  Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre Singers
Eric Whitacre, Composer & Conductor