Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Holy Family, Vespers

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 CommonsJesus, of Saints the Blessed Light,
Of mortals Hope supreme on earth,
Who, in the tender loves of home,
Didst find delight e’en from Thy birth.

O Blessed Mary, full of grace,
To whom most pure alone twas meet
To cherish Jesus at thy breast,
And give Him milk and kisses sweet.

And Joseph, who for Mary’s guard,
Wast chosen from the Fathers all,
And whom her Child, by the sweet name
Of Father, doth vouchsafe to call;

Springing from Jesse’s noble root,
And born to save the human race,
O listen to our humble prayers,
Who at your altars take our place.

Now the departure of the light
From Nature beauty takes away;
But we continue to pour forth
Our fervent prayers, as here we stay.

Your home so beautiful was made,
By having virtue’s every grace;
O deign to grant to our home lives,
That we that virtue’s path may trace.

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