The Sacred Heart Is a Fountain of Mercy

Jesus, Creator of the world,
Of all mankind Redeemer blest!
True God of God, in Whom we see
The Father’s image clear expressed.
Thee, Saviour, love alone constrained
To make our mortal flesh thine own;
And as a second Adam come
For the first Adam to atone.

That self-same love, which made the sky,
Which made the sea, and stars, and earth,
Took pity on our misery,
And broke the bondage of our birth.
O Jesus! in thy Heart divine
May that same love for ever glow;
For ever mercy to mankind
From that exhaustless Fountain flow.

For this thy Sacred Heart was pierced,
And both with Blood and Water ran;
To cleanse us from the stains of guilt,
And be the hope and strength of man.
To God the Father, and the Son,
All praise and power and glory be,
With Thee, O Holy Comforter,
Henceforth through all eternity.

E. F. MacGonigle, The Sodalist’s Hymnal (Philadelphia: E. F. MacGonigle, 1887).

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How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
To loyal Christian ears;
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds,
And drives away our fears.

O Jesus, Shepherd, Spouse and Friend,
My Prophet, Priest and King!
My Lord, my life, my way, my end!
Accept the praise I bring.

How weak the effort of my heart,
How cold my warmest thought:
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With ev’ry fleeting breath;
And may the music of Thy name
Refresh my soul in death.

Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).

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Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Delight

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls delight
And kindle with celestial light;
The soul’s relief and strength Thou art
Who dost Thy seven gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life and fire of love,
And quickens with supernal light
The dullness of our blinded sight.

Consoler, cheer our saddened face
With solace sweet and heav’nly grace,
Drive far away our ghostly foe,
And Thine abiding peace bestow.

Be praised the Father and the Son,
And Holy Spirit with them One;
As ever was in ages past,
And so be it while ages last.

Ludwig Bonvin, “Hosanna” Catholic Hymn Book, 4th ed. (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1914).

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In This Sacrament, Sweet Jesus

In this Sacrament, sweet Jesus!
Thou didst give Thy Flesh and Blood,
With Thy soul and God-head also,
As our own most precious food.
Yes, dearest Jesus! I believe it,
And Thy presence I adore,
And with all my heart I love Thee,
May I love Thee more and more.

Come, sweet Jesus, in Thy mercy,
Give Thy Flesh and Blood to me,
Come to me, O dearest Jesus!
Come my soul’s true life to be,
Come that I may live forever,
Thou in me and I in Thee;
Living thus, I shall not perish,
But shall live eternally.

Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).

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Mother Dear, Oh Pray for Me

Mother dear, oh pray for me,
Whilst far from Heav’n and thee,
I wander in a fragile bark
O’er life’s tempestuous sea.
O Virgin Mother, from thy throne,
So bright in bliss above,
Protect thy child and my path
With thy sweet smile of love.

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Mother dear, remember me,
And never cease thy care,
Till in heaven eternally,
Thy love and bliss I share.

Mother dear, oh pray for me,
Should pleasure’s siren lay
E’er tempt thy child to wander far
From virtue’s path away,
Or sorrow’s gloom upon me fall
And darken all below,
Then, Mary, aid thy weeping child,
Thyself a Mother show.

Mother dear, oh pray for me,
When all seems full of cheer,
That I may all my danger see,
For surely then ’tis near.
A Mother’s help I, then, most need,
For baleful is the ray,
That paints with gold the flow’ry mead
Which blossoms in my way.

Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).

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The Canticle of the Sun

St. Francis of Assisi

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord,
Praise, glory and honor and benediction all, are Thine.
To Thee alone do they belong, most High,
And there is no man fit to mention Thee.

Praise be to Thee, my Lord, with all Thy creatures,
Especially to my worshipful brother sun,
The which lights up the day, and through him dost Thou brightness give;
And beautiful is he and radiant with splendor great;
Of Thee, most High, signification gives.

Praised be my Lord, for sister moon and for the stars,
In heaven Thou hast formed them clear and precious and fair.

Praised be my Lord for brother wind
And for the air and clouds and fair and every kind of weather,
By the which Thou givest to Thy creatures nourishment.

Praised be my Lord for sister water,
The which is greatly helpful and humble and precious and pure.

Praised be my Lord for brother fire,
By the which Thou lightest up the dark.
And fair is he and gay and mighty and strong.

Praised be my Lord for our sister, mother earth,
The which sustains and keeps us
And brings forth diverse fruits with grass and flowers bright.

Praised be my Lord for those who for Thy love forgive
And weakness bear and tribulation.
Blessed those who shall in peace endure,
For by Thee, most High, shall they be crowned.

Praised be my Lord for our sister, the bodily death,
From the which no living man can flee.
Woe to them who die in mortal sin;
Blessed those who shall find themselves in Thy most holy will,
For the second death shall do them no ill.

Praise ye and bless ye my Lord, and give Him thanks,
And be subject unto Him with great humility.

Paschal Robinson, The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press, 1906).

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The Holy Angel Guardian

Kind Angel guardian, thanks to thee
For thy so watchful care of me;
Oh, lead me still in ways of truth,
Dear guide of childhood and of youth.

Kind Angel guardian, let my tears
Implore thee too for riper years;
Oh, keep me safe in wisdom’s way.
And bring me back if I should stray.

When angry passions fill my soul,
Subdue them to thy meek control;
Through good and ill, oh, ever be
A guide, a guard, a friend to me.

And when death’s hand shall seal mine eyes,
Oh, bear my spirit to the skies,
And teach me there my voice to raise
In hymns of never-ending praise.

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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