Thou loving Maker of mankind,
Before thy throne we pray and weep;
Oh! strengthen us with grace divine,
This solemn, sacred time to keep!
Hear us, Hear us, O Trinity thrice blest!
Sole Unity, to Thee, to Thee we cry;
Vouchsafe us from these fasts below
To reap immortal joy on high.
Great Judge of hearts, Thou dost discern
Our ills, and all our weakness know;
Again to Thee with tears we turn,
Again to us thy mercy show.
Much have we sinned; but we confess
Our guilt, and all our faults deplore:
Oh! for the praise of thy great Name,
Our fainting souls to health restore.
And grant us, while by fasts we strive
This mortal body to control,
To fast from all the food of sin,
And so to purify the soul.
E. F. MacGonigle, The Sodalist’s Hymnal (Philadelphia: E. F. MacGonigle, 1887).