Happy We Who Thus United

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Happy we, who thus united
Join in cheerful melody;
Praising Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
In the “Holy Family.”
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, help us,
That we ever true may be,
To the promises that bind us
To the “Holy Family.”

Jesus, Whose almighty bidding
All created things fulfill,
Lives on earth in meek subjection
To His earthly parents’ will.
Sweetest Infant, make us patient
And obedient for Thy sake,
Each us to be chaste and gentle,
All our stormy passions break.

Mary! thou alone were chosen
Virgin Mother of thy Lord:
Thou didst guide the earthly footsteps
Of the Great Incarnate Word.
Dearest Mother! Make us humble;
For thy Son will take His rest
In the poor and lowly dwelling
Of a humble sinner’s breast.

Joseph! Thou wert called the father
Of thy Maker and thy Lord;
Thine it was to save thy Saviour
From the cruel Herod’s sword.
Suffer us to call thee father;
Show to us a father’s love;
Lead us safe thro’ ev’ry danger
Till we meet in heav’n above.

Rev. E. Vaughan

Sweet Saviour! Bless Us Ere We Go

Sweet Saviour! Bless us ere we go;
Thy word into our minds instill;
And make our lukewarm hearts to glow
With lowly love and fervent will.

Thro’ life’s long day
and deaths dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light;
Jesus! be our light.

The day is done; its hours have run;
And Thou hast taken count of all,
The scanty triumphs grace hath won,
The broken vow, and frequent fall.


Grant us, dear Lord! From evil ways
True absolution and release;
And bless us more than in past days
With purity and inward peace.


For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sinful, unto Thee we call;
Oh let Thy mercy make us glad;
Thou art out Jesus and our All.

Frederick William Faber

As Fades the Glowing Orb of Day

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As fades the glowing orb of day,
To Thee, great source of light, we pray;
Blest Three in One, to ev’ry heart
Thy beams of life and love impart.

O Thou true life of all that live,
Who dost unmoved all motion sway;
Who dost the morn and evening give,
And through its changes guide the day.

At early dawn, at close of day,
To Thee our vows we humbly pay;
May we, ‘mid joys that never end,
With Thy bright saints in homage bend.

Thy light upon our evening pour,
So may our souls no sunset see,
But death to us an open door,
To an eternal morning be.

To God the Father and the Son,
And Holy Spirit Three in One,
Be endless glory as before
The world began, and ever more.

S. Webbe

Thou Who at Thy First Eucharist Didst Pray

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Thou, who at Thy first Eucharist didst pray
That all Thy Church might be forever one,
Grant us that ev’ry Eucharist to say
With longing heart and soul, “Thy will be done.”
O may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

For all Thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
Make Thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
Draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
By drawing all to Thee, O Prince of Peace;
Thus may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

We pray Thee too for wand’rers from Thy fold;
O bring them back, good Shepherd of the sheep,
Back to the faith which saints believed of old,
Back to the Church which still that faith doth keep;
Soon may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
May we be one with all Thy Church above,
One with Thy saints in one unbroken peace,
One with Thy saints in one unbounded love;
More blessed still, in peace and love to be
One with the Trinity in Unity.

William Turton

Lord, Who at Cana’s Wedding Feast

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Lord, who at Cana’s wedding feast
Didst as a guest appear,
Thou, dearer far than earthly guest,
Vouchsafe Thy presence here;

For holy Thou indeed dost prove
The marriage vow to be,
Proclaiming it a type of love
Between the Church and Thee.

The holiest vow that man can make,
The golden thread of life,
The bond that none may dare divide,
That bindeth man to wife.

Which blest by Thee, whate’er betides,
No evil shall destroy,
Thro’ careworn days each care divides,
And doubles ev’ry joy.

On those who at Thine altar kneel,
O Lord, Thy blessing pour,
That each may wake the other’s zeal
To love Thee more and more:

Oh grant them here in peace to live,
In purity and love,
And, this world leaving, to receive
A crown of life above.

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

Praise the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways!

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! That flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe;
Should strive and should prevail;

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s Presence and His very Self,
And Essence all divine.

O gen’rous love! The He who smote
In man for man the foe,
The double agony in man
For man should undergo;

And in the garden secretly,
And on the Cross on High,
Should teach His brethren and inspire
To suffer and to die.


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