Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Sacred Heart, Vespers

Sacred Heart of Jesus stained glass window, Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Macon, Georgia, USA; artist unknown; photographed by the author, summer 2003O Christ, who didst the world create,
And man hast by redemption freed,
Light of the Father’s Light art Thou,
True God from God Thou dost proceed.

A mortal body to assume,
Thy wondrous love did Thee constrain,
To give what the old Adam took,
As the new Adam, back again.

That Love Creator was of earth
And sea and stars in olden time,
Our father’s errors it forgave,
It breaks for us the bonds of crime.

Let not that mighty noble love,
Ever depart from out Thy Heart;
Let nations drink that pardoning grace,
Which this sweet Fountain doth impart.

For this the lance did pierce It through,
For this Its wounds It did endure,
To cleanse us from our filthy stains,
It poured forth Blood and Water pure.

Glory to Father and to Son,
And to the Holy Spirit, be,
Let power and honour be to Them,
And may They reign eternally. Amen.

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