Monday, December 06, 2010

A Hymn for Advent

Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Gildehaus, Missouri, USA - Advent wreath
Advent wreath, at Saint John the Baptist Church, in Gildehaus, Missouri.

VOX CLARA ecce intonat
A thrilling voice by Jordan rings, Rebuking guilt and darksome things: Vain dreams of sin and visions fly; Christ in his might shines forth on high.

Now let each torpid soul arise, That sunk in guilt and wounded lies; See! the new Star's refulgent ray Shall chase disease and sin away.

The Lamb descends from heaven above To pardon sin with freest love: For such indulgent mercy shewn With tearful joy our thanks we own:

That when again he shines revealed, And trembling worlds to terror yield,
He give not sin its just reward,

But in his love protect and guard. All praise, eternal Son, to thee
Whose Advent doth thy people free; Whom with the Father we adore, And Holy Ghost, for evermore. Amen.

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