O Blessed Saviour Sent By God

O blessed Saviour sent by God,
His mercy to dispense,
Thy hand is out o’er all the earth,
Like God’s own providence.

There is no grief or care of men
Thou dost not own for Thine,
No broken heart Thou dost not fill
With mercy’s oil and wine.

Thy miracles are works of love;
Thy greatest is to make
Room in a day for toils that weeks
In other men would take.

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

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Christ the Lord Is Ris’n To-Day

Christ the Lord is ris’n to-day;
Christians haste your vows to pay;
Offer ye your praises meet,
At the paschal Victim’s feet.
For the sheep the Lamb hath bled,
Sinless in the sinner’s stead;
Christ the Lord is ris’n on high,
Now He dies no more to die!

Christ the victim undefiled,
Man to God hath reconciled,
When in strange and awful strife,
Met together death and life.
Christians on this happy day,
Haste with joy your vows to pay;
Christ the Lord is ris’n on high,
Now He Lives no more to die!

Christ who once for sinners bled,
Now the first-born from the dead,
Thron’d in endless might and pow’r,
Lives and reigns for ever more.
Hail, eternal hope on high!
Hail, Thou King of victory!
Hail, Thou Prince of life ador’d!
Help and save us, gracious Lord!

Say, O wond’ring Mary, say,
What thou sawest on the way.
“I beheld where Christ had lain,
Empty tombs and angels twain;
I beheld the glory bright
Of the rising Lord of Light;
Christ my hope is ris’n again:
Now He lives, and lives to reign.”

The Christian Brothers, The Catholic Youth’s Hymn Book (New York: P. O’Shea, 1871).

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Christ is Risen From the Dead

Christ is risen from the dead,
Risen as He truly said;
Praise the Lord with grateful voice,
Bless His name, rejoice, rejoice!
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia.

Angels clad in snowy white,
Coming from the realms of light,
Bid us sing with grateful voice,
Bid us all rejoice, rejoice!
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia.

Man was but a slave before,
Man is free for evermore,
Heav’n and earth, with grateful voice,
Bid us all rejoice, rejoice!
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia.

J. B. Young, The Roman Hymnal (New York: Fr. Pustet & Co., 1884).

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St. Anne

Spotless Anna, Juda’s glory,
Through the Church from east to west
Every tongue proclaims thy praises,
Holy Mary’s mother blest!

Saintly kings and priestly sires
Blended in thy sacred line;
Thou in virtue all before thee
Didst excel by grace divine.

Link’d in bonds of purest wedlock,
Thine it was for us to bear,
By the favour of high heaven,
Our immortal Virgin star.

From thy stem in beauty budded
Ancient Jesse’s mystic rod;
Earth from thee received the mother
Of the eternal Son of God.

All the human race benighted
In the depths of darkness lay,
When in Anne it saw the dawning
Of the long-expected day.

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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Oh! Purest of Creatures

Oh! purest of creatures! sweet Mother! sweet Maid!
The one spotless womb wherein Jesus was laid!
Dark night hath come down on us, Mother! and we
Look out for thy shining, sweet Star of the Sea!

Deep night hath come down on this rough-spoken world,
And the banners of darkness are boldly unfurled;
And the tempest-tossed Church, all her eyes are on thee,
They look to thy shining, sweet Star of the Sea!

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

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Rejoice and Sing in Glad Accord

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Rejoice and sing in glad accord!
The King of Glory, Christ the Lord,
Hath now from death Himself restored!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
On Easter morn, at break of day,
The holy women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
A beauteous angel there they see,
Who sweetly spake to tell the three:
“Your risen Lord from death is free!”
Alleluia!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
For this Thine own great day of days
Our hearts and voices, Lord, we raise
To Thee in hymns of grateful praise.
Alleluia!

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

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O Christ, Thy Guilty People Spare

O Christ, Thy guilty people spare!
Lo, kneeling at Thy gracious throne,
Thy Virgin Mother pours her pray’r,
Imploring pardon for her own.

Ye angels happy evermore!
Who in your circles nine ascend,
As ye have guarded us before,
So still from harm our steps defend.

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

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