Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood 

Hymns

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Daily Hymns

At Prime (before midmorning). Jam lucis orto sidere. 5th cent.; Tr. J. M. Neale            Music        PDF

1. Now that the daylight fills the sky,

We lift our hearts to God on high,

That he, in all we do or say,

Would keep us free from harm to-day:

 

4. So we, when this new day is gone,

And night in turn is drawing on,

With conscience by the world unstained

Shall praise his name for vict'ry gained.

2. Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;

From anger’s din would hide our life;

From all ill sights would turn our eyes;

Would close our ears from vanities:

 

5. All laud to God the Father be;

All praise, eternal Son, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.

3. Would keep our inmost conscience pure;

Our souls from folly would secure;

Would bid us check the pride of sense

With due and holy abstinence.

 

 

 

At Terce (midmorning). Nunc Sancte nobis Spiritus. 4th cent. Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

1. Come Holy Ghost, with God the Son

And God the Father, ever one;

Shed forth thy grace within our breast,

And dwell with us a ready guest.

 

3. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen

2. By ev'ry pow'r, by heart and tongue,

By act and deed, thy praise be sung;

Inflame with perfect love each sense,

That others’ souls may kindle thence.

 

 

 

At Sext (midday). Rector potens, verax Deus. 4th cent. Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

1. O God of truth, O Lord of might,

Who orderest time and change aright,

And send’st the early morning ray,

And light’st the glow of perfect day:

 

3. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

2. Extinguish thou each sinful fire,

And banish ev'ry ill desire;

And while thou keep’st the body whole,

Shed forth thy peace upon the soul.

 

 

At None (midafternoon). Rerum Deus tenax vigor. 4th cent. Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

1. O God, Creation’s secret force,

Thyself unmoved, all motion’s source,

Who from the morn till evening ray

Through all its changes guid’st the day:

 

3. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

2. Grant us, when this short life is past,

The glorious evening that shall last;

That, by a holy death attained,

Eternal glory may be gained.

 

 

 

 

Sunday-Lauds

Hymn Nocte surgentes. 6th cent. Tr. P.D.           Music        PDF

1. Father, we praise thee, now the night is over,

Active and watchful, stand we all before thee;

Singing we offer prayer and meditation:

Thus we adore thee.

 

3. All-holy Father, Son and equal Spirit,

Trinity bless-ed, send us thy salvation;

Thine is the glory, gleaming and resounding

Through all creation. Amen.

2. Monarch of all things, fit us for thy mansions;

Banish our weakness, health and wholeness sending;

Bring us to heaven, where thy Saints united

Joy without ending.

 

 

 

 

Sunday-Vespers

Hymn Lucis Creator optime. 6th cent. Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

1. O Blest Creator of the light,

Who mak’st the day with radiance bright,

And o’er the forming world didst call

The light from chaos first of all;

 

4. But grant them grace that they may strain

The heav’nly gate and prize to gain:

Each harmful lure aside to cast,

And purge away each error past.

2. Whose wisdom joined in meet array

The morn and eve, and named them Day:

Night comes with all its darkling fears;

Regard thy people’s prayers and tears,

 

5. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

3. Lest, sunk in sin, and whelm’d with strife,

They lose the gift of endless life;

While thinking but the thoughts of time,

They weave new chains of woe and crime.

 

 

 

 

Monday-Lauds

Hymn Splendor paternae gloriae. 4th cent. Tr. Y. H.           Music        PDF

1. O Splendor of God’s glory bright,

Who bringest forth the light from Light;

O Light of light, light’s Fountain-spring;

O Day, our days enlightening:

 

4. Teach us to work with all our might;

Beat back the devil’s threatening spite;

Turn all to good that seems most ill;

Help us our calling to fulfill.

7. Oh, joyful be the livelong day,

Our thoughts as pure as morning ray,

Our faith like noonday’s glowing height,

Our souls undimmed by shades of night.

2. Come, very Sun of truth and love,

Come in Thy radiance from above

And shed the Holy Spirit’s ray

On all we think or do today.

 

5. Direct and govern heart and mind,

With body chaste and disciplined;

Let faith her eager fires renew

And hate the false and love the true.

8. The dawn begins to speed her way,

Let the true Dawn Himself display,

The Son with God the Father One,

And God the Father in the Son.

3. Likewise to Thee our prayers ascend,

Father of glory without end,

Father of saving grace, for pow’r

to conquer in temptation’s hour.

6. On Christ, the true Bread, let us feed,

Let Him to us be drink indeed,

And let us taste with joyfulness

The Holy Spirit’s plenteousness.

9. All praise to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,

Whom with the Spirit we adore

Forever and forevermore.Amen.

 

 

 

Monday-Vespers

Hymn Immense caeli Conditor. 6th cent. Tr. G. G.           Music        PDF

1. O Boundless Wisdom, God most high,

 O Maker of the earth and sky,

Who bid’st the parted waters flow

In heaven above, on earth below:

 

4. Let faith discern the eternal Light

Beyond the darkness of the night,

And through the mists of falsehood see

The path of truth revealed by thee.

2. The streams on earth, the clouds in heaven,

By thee their ordered bounds were given,

Lest ‘neath the untempered fires of day

The parch-ed soil should waste away.

 

5. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

3. E’en so on us who seek thy face

Pour forth the waters of thy grace;

Renew the fount of life within,

And quench the wasting fires of sin.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday-Lauds

Hymn Ales diei nuntius. Prudentius, 4th cent.; Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

1. The wing-ed herald of the day

 Proclaims the morn’s approaching ray:

And Christ the Lord our souls excites,

And so to endless life invites.

 

4. Do thou, O Christ, our slumbers wake;

Do thou the chains of darkness break;

Purge thou our former sins away,

And in our souls new light display.

2. Take up thy bed, to each he cries,

Who sick or wrapt in slumber lies;

and chaste and just and sober stand,

And watch: my coming is at hand.

 

5. All laud to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.

3. With earnest cry, with tearful care,

Call we the Lord to hear our prayer;

While supplication, pure and deep,

Forbids each chastened heart to sleep.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday-Vespers

Hymn Telluris ingens Conditor. 7th cent.; Tr. Anon. 1854           Music        PDF

1. Earth’s mighty Maker, whose command

 Raised from the sea the solid land,

And drove each bill'wy heap away,

And bade the earth stand firm for aye:

 

4. Let every soul thy law obey,

And keep from ev'ry evil way;

Rejoice each promised good to win

And flee from every mortal sin.

2. That so, with flow'rs of golden hue,

The seeds of each it might renew;

And fruit-trees bearing fruit might yield,

And pleasant pasture of the field;

 

5. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally.Amen.

3. Our spirit’s rankling wounds efface

With dewy freshness of thy grace:

That grief may cleanse each deed of ill,

And o’er each lust may triumph still.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday-Lauds

Hymn Nox et tenebrae et nubila. Prudentius, 4th cent.; Tr. R.M.P.           Music        PDF

1. Ye clouds and darkness, hosts of night,

That breed confusion and affright,

Begone! O’erhead the dawn shines clear,

The light breaks in and Christ is here.

 

4. Though we be stained with blots within,

Thy quick’ning rays shall purge our sin;

Light of the Morning Star, thy grace

Shed on us from thy cloudless face.

2. Earth’s gloom flees broken and dispersed,

By the sun’s piercing shafts coerced:

The day-star’s eyes rain influence bright,

And colours glimmer back to sight.

 

5. All laud to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.

3. Thee, Christ, alone we know; to thee

We bend in pure simplicity;

 Our songs with tears to thee arise;

Prove thou our hearts with thy clear eyes.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday-Vespers

Hymn Caeli Deus sanctissime. 4th or 5th cent.; Tr. M. F. B.           Music        PDF

1. Most holy Lord and God of heav'n,

Who to the glowing sky hast giv'n

The fires that in the east are born

With gradual splendours of the morn;

 

4. Illuminate our hearts within,

And cleanse our minds from stain of sin;

Unburdened of our guilty load

May we unfettered serve our God.

2. Who, on the fourth day, didst reveal

The sun’s enkindled flaming wheel,

Didst set the moon her ordered ways,

And stars their ever-winding maze;

 

5. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

3. That each in its appointed way

Might separate the night from day,

And of the seasons through the year

The well-remembered signs declare:

 

 

 

Thursday-Lauds

Hymn Lux ecce surgit aurea. Prudentius, 4th cent.; Tr. R. M. P.           Music        PDF

1. Lo! Golden light rekindles day:

Let paling darkness steal away,

Which all too long o’erwhelmed our gaze

And led our steps by winding ways.

 

4. For thou dost from above survey

The converse of each fleeting day;

Thou dost foresee from morning light

Our ev'ry deed, until the night.

2. We pray thee, rising Light serene,

E’en as thyself our hearts make clean;

Let no deceit our lips defile,

Nor let our souls be vexed by guile.

 

5. All laud to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.

3. O keep us, as the hours proceed,

From lying word and evil deed;

Our roving eyes from sin set free,

Our body from impurity.

 

 

 

Thursday-Vespers

Hymn Magnae Deus potentiae. 6th or 7th cent..; Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

1. Almighty God, who from the flood

Didst bring to light a twofold brood;

Part in the firmament to fly,

And part in ocean’s depths to lie;

 

4. Be none submerged in sin’s distress,

None lifted up in boastfulness;

That contrite hearts be not dismayed,

Nor haughty souls in ruin laid.

2. Appointing fishes in the sea,

And fowls in open air to be,

That each, by origin the same,

Its separate dwelling-place might claim:

 

5. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

3. Grant that thy servants, by the tide

Of blood and water purified,

No guilty fall from thee may know,

Nor death eternal undergo.

 

 

 

Friday-Lauds

Hymn Aeterna caeli gloria. 6th cent.; Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

1. Eternal Glory of the sky

 Blest hope of frail humanity,

The Father’s sole-begotten One,

Yet born a spotless Virgin’s Son!

 

4. Within our senses ever dwell,

And worldly darkness thence expel;

Long as the days of life endure,

Preserve our souls devout and pure.

2. Uplift us with thine arm of might,

And let our hearts rise pure and bright,

And, ardent in God’s praises, pay

The thanks we owe him ev'ry day.

 

5. The faith that first must be possest,

Root deep within our inmost breast;

And joyous hope in second place,

Then charity, thy greatest grace.

3. The day-star’s rays are glitt'ring clear,

And tell that day itself is near:

The shadows of the night depart;

Thou, holy Light, illume the heart!

6. All laud to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.

 

 

 

Friday-Vespers

Hymn Plasmator hominis, Deus. 7th cent.; J. D. Chambers           Music        PDF

1. Maker of man, who from thy throne

Dost order all things, God alone;

By whose decree the teeming earth

To reptile and to beast gave birth:

 

4. In heav'n thine endless joys bestow,

And grant thy gifts of grace below;

From chains of strife our souls release,

Bind fast the gentle bands of peace.

2. The mighty forms that fill the land,

Instinct with life at thy command,

Are giv'n subdued to humankind

For service in their rank assigned.

 

5. O Father, that we ask be done,

Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;

Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,

Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

3. From all thy servants drive away

Whate’er of thought impure today

Hath been with open action blent,

Or mingled with the heart’s intent.

 

 

 

 

Saturday-Lauds

Hymn Aurora jam spargit polum. Before 8th cent.; Tr. E. Caswall           Music        PDF

1. The dawn is sprinkling in the east

Its golden show'r, as day flows in;

Fast mount the pointed shafts of light:

Farewell to darkness and to sin!

 

3. So, Lord, when that last morning breaks,

Looking to which we sigh and pray,

O may it to thy minstrels prove

The dawning of a better day.

2. Away, ye midnight phantoms all!

Away, despondence and despair!

Whatever guilt the night has brought

Now let it vanish into air.

 

4. To God the Father glory be,

And to his sole-begotten Son;

Glory, O Holy Ghost, to thee

While everlasting ages run. Amen.

 

 

 

Saturday-Vespers

Hymn O Lux beata Trinitas. St. Ambrose, 4th cent. Tr. J. M. Neale           Music        PDF

 

1. O Trinity of Bless-ed light,

O Unity of sov’reign might,

As now the fiery sun departs,

Shed Thou Thy beams within our hearts.

 

3. All praise to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,

Whom with the Spirit we adore

Forever and forevermore. Amen.

2. To Thee our morning song of praise,

To Thee our evening prayer we raise;

Thee may our glory evermore

In lowly reverence adore.

 


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Last Updated: August 28, 2005