O Lord, I Am Not Worthy

O Lord, I am not worthy
That Thou shouldst come to me;
But speak the word of comfort,–
My Spirit healed shall be.

And humbly I’ll receive Thee,
The Bridegroom of my soul;
No more by sin to grieve Thee,
Or fly Thy sweet control.

Increase my faith, dear Jesus,
In Thy real presence here,
And make me feel most deeply
That Thou to me art near.

My hope in Thee now strengthen,
O Saviour of my soul,
Lest by temptation blinded,
I turn from my true goal.

And let me love Thee only
With all my heart and mind;
In Thee alone my spirit,
True rest and joy can find.

O Sacrament most holy,
O Sacrament divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be ev’ry moment Thine.

John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).

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Dear Sacred Heart

Dear sacred Heart,
Sweet sacred Heart,
Burning and yearning with pity for sinners,
Dear sacred Heart,
Sweet sacred Heart,
Lay Thy pierced hand in its peace on my soul.

Refrain
Heart of our Saviour, we adore, we implore,
Grace to love Thee more and more.

Heart of our Lord,
Heart most adored,
Tenderly calling the sheep that is weary,
Heart meek and kind,
Light of the blind,
Gather Thy lambs ere they stray from the fold.

Dear sacred Heart,
Pierced with a dart,
Hearts that are cold, that are dark, that are lonely,
Safe on Thy breast,
Soon may they rest;
Bring them in mercy to heavenly peace.

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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Divine Providence

Behold the lilies of the field,
They neither toil nor sow;
Yet God doth all things needful yield,
That they may bud and blow.

Not Solomon in glory shone
Like one of these poor flowers,
That look to God, and God alone,
For sunshine and for showers.

And does his mercy value less
The offspring of his grace?
And will a Father’s love not bless
The child that seeks his face?

Oh, then away with fear and care
For all that may betide:
And turn to God in trustful pray’r,
And in his love confide.

He is our Father, and he knows
His earthly children’s need;
On all our daily wants and woes
He looks with careful heed.

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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Blest Is the Faith

Blest is the Faith, divine and strong,
Of thanks and praise and endless fountain,
Whose life is one perpetual song,
High up the Saviour’s holy mountain.

Blest is the hope that holds to God,
In doubt and darkness still unshaken;
And sings along the heav’nly road
Sweetest when most it seems forsaken.

Blest is the love that cannot love
Aught that earth gives of best and brightest;
Whose raptures thrill, like saints above,
Most when its earthly gifts are lightest.

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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O Heart of Mary Pure and Fair

O Heart of Mary pure and fair,
There is no stain in thee;
In Adam’s fall thou hast no share,
From sin’s taint thou art free.

Chorus
O Heart of Mary, pure and fair,
No beauty can with thine compare!
From ev’ry stain of sin thou ‘rt free;
Oh make us pure in heart like thee.

As some fair lily ‘midst the thorns,
Thou ‘mongst Eve’s daughters art;
Celestial purity adorns
Thy chaste and holy heart.

Dear heart, within thy depths so pure,
We’ll dwell and ne’er depart,
Till thou our souls hast linked secure
To Jesus’ Sacred Heart.

And when from thy loved heart we’ll go
To that of thy dear Son,
Oh shall we leave thee then? Ah, no;
His Heart and thine are one.

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

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Jesus! My Lord, My God, My All!

By Rev. Fr. W. Faber

Jesus! my Lord, my God, my all!
How can I love Thee as I ought?
And how revere this wondrous gift,
So far surpassing hope or thought?

Chorus
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
Oh, make us love Thee more and more.

Had I but Mary’s sinless heart
To love Thee with, my dearest King,
Oh, with what bursts of fervent praise
Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing!

Ah! see within a creature’s hand
The vast Creator deigns to be,
Reposing, infant-like, as though
On Joseph’s arm, or Mary’s knee!

Thy Body, Soul, and Godhead, all!
O mystery of love divine!
I cannot compass all I have;
For all Thou hast and art are mine!

Sound, sound His praises higher still,
And come, ye angels, to our aid;
‘Tis God! ’tis God! the very God
Whose pow’r both men and angels made!

O earth! grow flow’rs beneath His Feet,
And thou, O sun, shine bright this day!
He comes! He comes! O Heav’n on earth!
Our Jesus comes upon His way!

The Marist Brothers, American Catholic Hymnal (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1911).

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Hail, Thou Star of Ocean

Hail, thou Star of Ocean,
God’s own Mother blest:
Ever stainless Virgin,
Gate of heav’nly rest!
Taking that sweet Ave,
Gabriel spoke of yore,
Eva’s name reversing,
Peace for us implore.

Break the bonds of sinners,
Lend us light to see;
All our ills expelling,
Plead our ev’ry plea;
Show thyself our Mother;
May thy Son divine,
Born for our salvation,
Grant our prayers through thine.

Virgin, all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Free from guilt preserve us,
Meek and undefiled;
Keep our lives all sinless,
Guide us on our way,
Till, in seeing Jesus,
We rejoice for aye.

John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).

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