Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Venantius, Martyr, Lauds

Now that the day-star heralds in
The coming day, and ends the night,
Venantius too brings back to us
The Heavenly gifts of blessed light.

For all the gloomy mists of sin,
And night of hell he drove away,
And on those fellow-citizens,
He shed the light of God’s own day.

With the baptismal sacred stream,
He then his happy country laved,
He sent the soldiers he baptized,
As holy martyrs, to be saved.

Now that thou sharest Angels bliss,
An ear to thy poor suppliants lend,
Drive far away our guilty sins,
And thy fair light unto us send.

Praise to the Father and the Son,
And to Thee, Holy Spirit, be,
O grant that through Venantius prayers
We Heaven’s blessed joys may see. Amen.

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