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O Light! shine thou perpetually in our eyes, that thy brightness may eclipse the false lusire of this world.
O Light! shed thy fervent rays upon our hearts, that their purifying heat may congume in us all other desires;
That we may burn continually with the chaste love of thee, 'till thy own bright day appear:
'Till we be called from this vale of darkness, into the glorious presence of the living God;
To see him that made the heavens and the earth, and disposes all creation in the most beautiful order;
To see him that first gave us our being, then governed us in our path through life, and brought us at length to so happy an end.
Meanwhile, O gracious Lord! the crown of all thy saints, and only expectation of thy faithful servants,
Grant that our life may be ever cheered by the comfort of this hope, and our hopes may be ever sustained by the assurance of thy promises.
Grant that every day we may understand more perfectly our duty, and thy infinite love;
That we may continually meditate the advancement of thy glory, and induce all creatures to sing thy praises. ..
Praise our Lord, O ye holy angels ! praise him, Oye happy saints!
Praise him, O ye faithful departed in his grace!
Praise him, O ye living that subsist by his mercy!
Praise him, in the vast immensity of his power:
Praise him, in the admirable wisdom of his providence:
Praise him in the beneficent effects of his goodness:
Praise him in the infinitude of all his attributes.
Praise thy eternal self, O glorious Lord! and to all the felicities thou essentially possessest, may every creature say, Amen.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Ant. O how adorable are thy counsels, o Lord! how endearing the ways of thy love! Alleluia.
CHAP.-I. Pet. 1. :
BLESSED be God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy, has regenerated us to a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and pure, and which cannot fade, reserved for us in the heavens.
Wake my soul, rise from this bed,
Of dull and sluggish earth:
And sing thy Lord's new birth.
Once he came, 0 blessed he!
Born of virgin womb,
Sprung from a virgin tomb.
Lo! he rises fresh and bright,
Encircled round with stars; Which from him take all their light,
And from his glorious scars. Up to heaven he bends his way,
With myriads in his train; That had long sighed for the day
When they that bliss would gain.
Thus together they ascend,
Till at the gate they come, Where the angels all attend,
To bid them welcome home.
Soon they his call obey:
And crown with mirth the day.
And our Redeemer praise; Let us list on high our voice
In fervent, tuneful lays. Glory, honor, praise and power,
To the mysterious Three; May we all, to our last hour,
To them devoted be. Amen.
Ant. Why seek you the living among the dead? He is risen, he is not here: he is gloriously ascended, and the heavens have received him. Alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people;
And hath raised up a horn of salvation to us, in the house of David, his servant;
As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning,
Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us,
To shew mercy to our Fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
The oath which he swore to Abraham, our father, that he would grant to us: . That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,
In holiness and justice before him all our days.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet