Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Low Sunday, Vespers

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweThe Red Sea past, in robes of white,
With hymns of gladness let us sing,
At the Lamb’s royal banquet guests,
The praises of the Christ our King.

For now His charity Divine,
Gives us to drink His Sacred Blood,
And His Own Body’s Precious Limbs,
As Priest now offers for our Food.

The Blood upon the door-posts poured
The slaughtering Angel fears to brave,
The sea’s divided walls stand back,
The foe is drowned beneath the wave.

For now has Christ, who is our Pasch,
His Blood as Paschal Victim shed,
Purest of gifts, for all pure souls,
Sincerity’s unleavened Bread.

Thou truly Heaven’s Victim art,
To whom hell’s gates are subject made,
By whom death’s bonds are burst in twain,
To whom Life’s guerdon is repaid.

Victorious over conquered hell,
Christ His triumphant flag unfolds,
And, opening Heaven now as Lord,
In chains the king of darkness holds.

Jesus, that Thou to our poor hearts
Mayst e’er our Paschal joy remain,
From evil death, deserved by crime,
Free us, to life now born again.

Be God the Father glorified,
And He, who rose from death, His Son,
And Thou, the Spirit Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

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