Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Dedication of a Church, Lauds

Down from the highest heights of Heaven,
The Sovereign Father’s Only Son,
Descending to earth’s lowest depths,
As, from the mountain hewn, a stone,
Both angles of the House of Heaven,
And that of earth, hath joined in one.

But that fair dwelling of the Saints
Resounds with everlasting praise,
And God, the Three in One, they sing,
And hymns of adoration raise;
We too are joined with them in song,
Rivals of Holy Sion’s ways.

O King of Heaven, with kindly light,
Illuminate this holy shrine;
Come down in answer to our prayer,
And to our words Thine ear incline.
And always deign our hearts to fill
With Thy bright Heavenly grace divine.

Here may Thy faithfuls just desires,
When they in prayer with Thee have striven,
Obtain, that to their gladdened hearts
Gifts from High Heaven may be given,
Till, from this mortal body free,
They fill the glorious thrones of Heaven.

Now to the Highest Father be
Paid everywhere the glory due,
And to the Father’s Only Son,
And to His Glorious Spirit too,
To whom be glory, power, praise,
The everlasting ages through. Amen.

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