Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Gabriel, Vespers and Lauds

With hearts full of gladness let all of us sing,
The while the sweet lyre its harmony lends,
For now the illustrious Gabriel from Heaven
In glory descends.

For he who was bridal attendant to her,
The Sovereign Virgin, is with us today,
And with him of Angels to venerate Christ
The brilliant array.

O then let our choir Saint Gabriel praise,
And glorify him, who is one of the seven,
Who stand before God, the all-glorious King,
For ever in Heaven.

For Gabriel e’er between earth and Heaven,
As Envoy celestial messages bears,
And of the Almighty with joy to the world
The counsels declares.

O Gabriel, deign of that grace so divine,
Of peace without end, the sweet message to bring
To us, that in joy, in the mansions of Heaven,
We ever may sing.

To us may this grace the Divinity grant
Of Father and Son, and of Holy Ghost too,
Whose glory resoundeth in every place
The universe through. Amen.

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