Jesus, Redeemer of the world,
Who, ere the earliest dawn of light,
Wast from eternal ages born,
Immense in glory as in might;
Immortal Hope of all mankind,
In Whom the Father’s Face we see;
O hear the prayers thy people pour
This day thro’out the world to Thee.
Remember, O Creator Lord!
That in the Virgin’s sacred womb
Thou wast conceived, and of her flesh
Didst our humanity assume.
This ever-blest returning day
Its witness bears, that all alone,
From thine own Father’s bosom forth,
To save the world Thou camest down.
O Day! to which the seas and sky,
And earth and heaven glad welcome sing;
O Day! which healed our misery,
And brought to earth salvation’s King.
We too, O Lord, who have been cleansed
In thine own fount of Blood Divine,
Present our tribute of sweet song
On this blest Natal Day of thine.
E. F. MacGonigle, The Sodalist’s Hymnal (Philadelphia: E. F. MacGonigle, 1887).