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

The noble warrior of Christ,
Pagan idolatry condemns,
And, wounded with God’s love divine,
The danger to his life contemns.

He then, bound fast with cutting thongs,
Down from a rock is headlong borne,
The thorns and briars pierce his face,
His body by sharp rocks is torn.

While they thus drag the martyr’s limbs,
The satellites are faint with thirst,
Venantius makes the Cross’s sign,
Forth from the rock the waters burst.

O thou, most blessed warrior brave,
Who dost, for thy tormentors base,
From hardest stone draw healthful draught,
Pour forth on us the dew of grace.

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