Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Holy Family, Lauds

detail of a stained glass window of the Holy Family; by L. Collinet, year unknown; funeral chapel, tomb of André Corréa Mendès, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsO House of Nazareth most blessed,
In those it harboured upon earth,
And that it gave to God’s own Church,
Its early nurture, and its birth!

The Sun, which courses round the earth,
And bathes its fields in golden light,
Than this dear house has never seen
A sweeter, or a holier sight.

Hither there fly in multitudes
Winged envoys of the Heavenly Court;
To this abode of holiness,
With love unwearied they resort.

To see with what a heart and hand
Jesus obeys His Father’s will,
And with what joy the Virgin hastes,
Her mother’s duties to fulfill.

Assisting in her loving cares,
Saint Joseph near her always stands,
For grace and virtue join them both,
With love’s innumerable bands.

While they do thus each other love,
The loves of both to Jesus run,
And Jesus upon both bestows
Rewards their mutual love has won.

So may it be with us, that we,
By love, may be conjoined always,
And that, through love, domestic peace
Life’s bitternesses may allay.

Jesus, to Thee be glory given,
Whom erst the Virgin Mother bore,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
For endless ages evermore. Amen.

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