Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Crown of Thorns, Lauds

crown of thorns illustration from the New Catholic Dictionary, artist unknownThe legal figures typify
Christ’s Crown, illustrious and fair;
To it the victim caught in thorns,
And burning thorn bush, witness bear.

A crown upon the Ark was set,
And on the sacred table’s round,
And, where the fumes of incense rose,
The altar’s summit too was crowned.

O then, thou Crown of glory, hail,
Which in Christ’s sorrows hadst thy share,
More beautiful than gems and gold,
Than even starry crowns more fair.

Power, and honour, glory, praise,
To God the Father and the Son,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

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