Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Advent, Matins

Advent Wreath; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEternal Word, who dost proceed
From the Eternal Father’s Breast,
And, in time’s fulness born on earth,
Dost to the sinful world bring rest;

Do Thou illuminate our minds,
And fire our souls with sweetest love,
That, leaving mortal things, our hearts
May fill with joys of Heaven above.

That, when the Judge’s awful Court
Shall sinners to the flames condemn,
And, with kind Voice, shall call the just
Into the Heaven due to them,

We may not then be swept away,
As food for the black rushing flame,
But may delight in Heaven’s joys,
And to behold God’s Face may claim.

To Father and to Son alike,
And to Thee, Holy Spirit, too,
As has been, so for evermore,
Be glory all the ages through. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England