Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Common of Apostles, Vespers and Lauds

Let the whole world exult with joy,
Let Heaven too re-echo praise,
And hymns to the Apostles Choir
Let earth and skies combine to raise.

Ye, who will sit to judge the world,
And who true light to men did bear,
With all our hearts we supplicate,
O listen to your suppliants prayer.

O ye, who shut the gates of Heaven,
And with a word unclose its door,
Command that we poor sinners be
From guilt unloosed, we implore.

Ye, whose commands are e’er at once
Obeyed by sickness and by health,
Vouchsafe to heal our ailing souls,
And give them of all virtues wealth.

That, when the Christ, to judge the world,
Shall at the last from Heaven descend,
He may in mercy grant to us
To share in joys which never end.

To God the Father and the Son,
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