Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Lauds

O ye, your country’s glorious light,
Who to the Slavians blessings bring,
Brothers, all hail! we will today,
And every year, your praises sing.

Whom holy Rome, as children dear,
Receives with motherly embrace,
And with the mitre Episcopal,
And spiritual strength, doth grace.

Ye travel over foreign lands,
And barbarous Tribes to Christ invite,
And those, whom errors had beguiled,
Ye fill with Faith’s most blessed light.

A burning Heavenly zeal pervades
Hearts now from evil thoughts set free,
And thorny briars now are changed
Into sweet flowers of sanctity.

O listen to our suppliant prayer,
Since now ye have secured your place
In Heaven’s serene abode, and save,
For God, all of the Slavian race.

Those lost in error let the Fold
Of Christ now gather into one,
And let their faith bear lovelier bloom,
Than that which in their fathers shone.

Do Thou, O Blessed Trinity,
Our hearts with Heavenly love renew,
And grant to us, of noble sires,
The illustrious footsteps to pursue. Amen.

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