Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Our Lady Help of Christians, Lauds

O Mother of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord,
We name thee, O gracious and beautiful Maid,
Of Christians, when troubled in difficult times,
The glory and aid.

Though hell’s horrid gates may be frantic with rage,
And malice and wrath our old enemy drive,
Destruction to bring to God’s people on earth,
To wickedly strive;

His cruel malignity nowise can hurt
Chaste souls on whom Mary, invoked by their prayer;
Vouchsafes to bestow supernatural strength,
Temptations to bear.

If such a great Patron show favour to us,
The tumults of warfare and wickedness fly,
And cohorts and squadrons are driven away
In thousands, or die.

She lifts up her head like the citadel high,
On Sion most holy, fenced round with its wall,
The city of David, by soldiers with shields,
Secured against all.

See, thus doth the Virgin with Heavenly gifts
All super-abounding by God’s mighty hand,
Avert from her dutiful children the blows
Of the devilish band.

Through all the Eternal years let us adore
Thee, Trinity Holy, with sovereign praise,
Let hearts with true faith, and let tongues with loud voice,
Sweet hymns to Thee raise. Amen.

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