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

Shroud of TurinLet all of us sing, giving glory and praise,
The Shroud, which of Jesus enfolded the limbs;
It bears on it marks of salvation; let all
Exalt it with hymns.

This Shroud, which we honour, bears ever these marks,
As rich decorations imprinted in Blood,
What time it enfolded the Body of Christ,
Let clown from the Rood.

It shows us the terrible torments which Christ,
Who pitied our father’s original fall,
And Saviour of those of His race would become,
Endured for us all.

His Side by the Lance opened wide, and His Hands
And Feet, that were pierced by the Nails, and the weals,
Which covered His Limbs, and His thorn-crowned Head
This image reveals.

This picture, so moving, of death undeserved,
Could any behold without heart-broken sighs?
Could any, possessed of compassionate hearts,
See this with dry eyes?

Our sins were, O Christ, the sole cause of Thy woes,
The torments which here we depicted may see;
Our life then is due, and our life we have given,
Entirely to Thee.

O Son, be all glory and power to thee,
Who buyest the world with Thy Blood back again,
And who, with the Father and Spirit of love,
For ever dost reign. Amen.

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