Monday, March 1, 2021

LISTEN - Beautiful Lent Hymn - "The Glory of these 40 Days" - Centuries Old - Written by Pope St. Gregory the Great - Sung by Trinity Choir



Listen to the beautiful Lent hymn; "The glory of these forty days." In the video below it's sung by glorious voices of Trinity College Choir. It's author was St. Pope Gregory Great and it was translated by Maurice F. Bell. This version is sung to the German tune: ERHALT UNS, HERR. In Latin the title is Clarum decus jejunii. Pope Gregory was born in Rome around A.D. 540.
Here are the Lyrics in English:

 1. The glory of these forty days
we celebrate with songs of praise,
for Christ, through whom all things were made,
himself has fasted and has prayed.
2. Alone and fasting Moses saw
the loving God who gave the law,
and to Elijah, fasting, came
the steeds and chariots of flame.
3. So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
delivered from the lions' might,
and John, the Bridegroom's friend, became
the herald of Messiah's name.
4. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
full oft in fast and prayer with thee;
our spirits strengthen with thy grace,
and give us joy to see thy face.
5. O Father, Son and Spirit blest,
to thee be every prayer addressed,
who art in threefold name adored,
from age to age, the only Lord.
(Image: ANTWERP, BELGIUM - Fresco of Temptation of Jesus in Joriskerk or st. George church from 19. cent. 
 

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