Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Sacred Heart, Lauds II

Sacred Heart of Jesus stained glass window, Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Macon, Georgia, USA; artist unknown; photographed by the author, summer 2003To Him, the Sovereign Father’s Son,
And Father of the world to be,
And Prince of ever blessed Peace,
Come, let us sing our litany.

He, who, deep wounded in His Side,
Bore in His Heart the stroke of love,
With love’s sweet fire burns all, who will,
To Him, their Lover, loving prove.

O Jesus, Victim of Thy grief,
What made Thee thus expose Thy Side,
When Thou wert innocent, to be,
By the fell lance, thus opened wide?

O glorious Source of holy love!
O Spring, whence living waters flow!
O Flame, which burns away all sin!
O Love, which in that Heart doth glow!

O Jesus, ever in that Heart,
Hide us, that there we may obtain
The richest gifts of Thy sweet grace,
And so may Heaven’s rewards obtain.

Be glory, praise, and honour given,
Ever to Father and to Son,
And also to the Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

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