Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Gabriel, Matins

‘Tis the hour of midnight, then quickly arise,
And new praises and hymns to the Lord let us sing,
For Saint Gabriel from Heaven has come to us all,
The most excellent news of salvation to bring.

He with gentleness enters the Virgin’s abode,
And tells her from Heaven a Child she shall bear,
Who shall crush down the head of the serpent so proud,
And shall help Adam’s children salvation to share.

Then, in gladness exulting, now let us extol,
In our choirs alternate, that Angel so fair,
Who came down to our race, better times to announce,
And of Heaven’s bright glories God’s message to bear.

There is no human tongue that is able to tell
What great blessings from God through Saint Gabriel were given;
Or what ravishing joy his pure spirit delights,
When the souls which God calls he leads up into Heaven.

O then, glorious Prince, we beseech thee, obtain
For us, sinners unhappy, the gift of God’s grace,
And induce the Almighty to graciously grant
To our sins, His kind pardon, their guilt to efface. Amen.

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