Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Holy Winding-Sheet, Matins

Shroud of TurinToday a wondrous mystery,
For us to ponder, is displayed,
How the true Son of God Himself
To shed His Blood in death is made.

That His poor slaves He might defend,
Appearing as the guilty one,
The Lord is crucified, the Just
For sinners unto death is done.

Now traces of that cruel death,
The Sacred Winding-Sheet still shows,
Which, when He had His triumph won,
His bleeding Body did enclose.

These are the splendid trophies won,
Of conquered death, and hell, and world,
Banners which our unconquered Chief
For evermore displays unfurled.

To Him, then, this return we owe,
Who did for us Salvation win,
True to this watchword to contend,
Against the devil’s wiles, and sin.

To the old life let us be dead,
To the new life O let us rise,
Bearing the Cross of Christ, we shall
Enjoy Christ’s glory in the skies.

Most loving Father, grant us this,
With Thy Coequal Only Son,
And with the Spirit Paraclete,
Reigning while endless ages run. Amen.

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