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THE TALENT OF FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

1 O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

2 On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dead silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows half conceals, half discloses?
And catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream,
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

3 O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

POEM BY SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

Lauda Sion/Panis Angelicus

 

Laud, O Zion, your salvation,

Laud with hymns of exultation,

Christ, your king and shepherd true:

 

Bring him all the praise you know,

He is more than you bestow.

Never can you reach his due.

 

Special theme for glad thanksgiving

Is the quick’ning and the living

Bread today before you set:

 

From his hands of old partaken,

As we know, by faith unshaken,

Where the Twelve at supper met.

 

Full and clear ring out your chanting,

Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,

From your heart let praises burst:

 

For today the feast is holden,

When the institution olden

Of that supper was rehearsed.

 

Here the new law’s new oblation,

By the new king’s revelation,

Ends the form of ancient rite:

 

Now the new the old effaces,

Truth away the shadow chases,

Light dispels the gloom of night.

 

What he did at supper seated,

Christ ordained to be repeated,

His memorial ne’er to cease:

 

And his rule for guidance taking,

Bread and wine we hallow, making

Thus our sacrifice of peace.

 

This the truth each Christian learns,

Bread into his flesh he turns,

To his precious blood the wine:

 

Sight has fail’d, nor thought conceives,

But a dauntless faith believes,

Resting on a pow’r divine.

 

Here beneath these signs are hidden

Priceless things to sense forbidden;

Signs, not things are all we see:

 

Blood is poured and flesh is broken,

Yet in either wondrous token

Christ entire we know to be.

 

Whoso of this food partakes,

Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;

Christ is whole to all that taste:

 

Thousands are, as one, receivers,

One, as thousands of believers,

Eats of him who cannot waste.

 

Bad and good the feast are sharing,

Of what divers dooms preparing,

Endless death, or endless life.

 

Life to these, to those damnation,

See how like participation

Is with unlike issues rife.

 

When the sacrament is broken,

Doubt not, but believe ‘tis spoken,

That each sever’d outward token

doth the very whole contain.

 

Nought the precious gift divides,

Breaking but the sign betides

Jesus still the same abides,

still unbroken does remain.

 

Lo! the angel’s food is given

To the pilgrim who has striven;

see the children’s bread from heaven,

which on dogs may not be spent.

 

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,

Isaac bound, a victim willing,

Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,

manna to the fathers sent.

 

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,

Jesu, of your love befriend us,

You refresh us, you defend us,

Your eternal goodness send us

In the land of life to see.

 

You who all things can and know,

Who on earth such food bestow,

Grant us with your saints, though lowest,

Where the heav’nly feast you show,

Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

THE WISDOM OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863

Veni, Sancte Spiritus — Pentecost Sequence

Come, thou Holy Spirit, come,
and from thy celestial home
shed a ray of light divine!
Come, thou Father of the poor!
Come, thou Source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine!
Thou, of comforters the best;
thou, the soul’s most welcome guest;
sweet refreshment here below;
in our labour, rest most sweet;
grateful coolness in the heat;
solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessèd Light divine,
shine within these hearts of thine,
and our inmost being fill!
Where thou art not, man hath nought,
nothing good in deed or thought,
nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
on our dryness pour thy dew;
wash the stains of guilt away;
bend the stubborn heart and will;
melt the frozen, warm the chill;
guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
and confess thee, evermore
in thy sevenfold gift descend;
give them virtue’s sure reward
give them thy salvation, Lord;
give them joys that never end.

A CHRISTMAS HYMN IN THE LIGHT OF EASTER

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

THE WISDOM OF JESUS

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. John 15

WISDOM FROM THE ANCIENTS

The LORD is my shepherd;*

there is nothing I lack.a

2In green pastures he makes me lie down;

to still waters he leads me;

3bhe restores my soul.

He guides me along right paths*

for the sake of his name.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,c

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff comfort me.

II

5*You set a table before me

in front of my enemies;*

You anoint my head with oil;*d

my cup overflows.e

6Indeed, goodness and mercy* will pursue me

all the days of my life;

I will dwell in the house of the LORDf

for endless days.

WORDS OF WISDOM from Gamaliel [Teacher of Saint Paul]

A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
be careful what you are about to do to these men.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
and all those who were loyal to him
were disbanded and came to nothing.
After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
He also drew people after him,
but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
They were persuaded by him.
After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
and dismissed them.
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

Acts 5

Words of Wisdom from the WORD made flesh

So Pilate went back into the praetorium 
and summoned Jesus and said to him, 
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered,
“Do you say this on your own 
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered,
“I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered,
“My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world, 
my attendants would be fighting 
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him,
“Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered,
“You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world, 
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John 18

The “truth” in John’s mind is the plan of salvation, culminating in the coming of the Christ. The birth of Jesus reveals God’s plan.

Words of Wisdom from the Easter Liturgy

Easter Sequence

Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim

Offer your thankful praises!

 

A Lamb the sheep redeems;

Christ, who only is sinless,

Reconciles sinners to the Father.

 

Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:

The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.

 

Speak, Mary, declaring

What you saw, wayfaring.

 

“The tomb of Christ, who is living,

The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;

bright angels attesting,

The shroud and napkin resting.

 

Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;

to Galilee he goes before you.”

 

Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.

 

Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!

Amen. Alleluia.