09 July 2015

The Glory of the Cross

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.

--Galatians 6:14

    Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis,
    nulla talem silva profert flore, fronde, germine,
    dulce lignum dulce clavo dulce pondus sustinens.

    Flecte ramos, arbor alta, tensa laxa viscera,
    et rigor lentescat ille quem dedit nativitas,
    ut superni membra regis mite tendas stipite.

    Sola digna tu fuisti ferre pretium saeculi
    atque portum praeparare nauta mundo naufrago,
    quem sacer cruor perunxit fusus agni corpore.

    Faithful Cross!
    above all other,
    one and only noble Tree!
    None in foliage, none in blossom,
    none in fruit thy peers may be;
    sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
    Sweetest Weight is hung on thee!

    Lofty tree, bend down thy branches,
    to embrace thy sacred load;
    oh, relax the native tension
    of that all too rigid wood;
    gently, gently bear the members
    of thy dying King and God.

    Tree, which solely wast found worthy
    the world's Victim to sustain.
    harbor from the raging tempest!
    ark, that saved the world again!
    Tree, with sacred blood anointed
    of the Lamb for sinners slain.


O my Jesus! Forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

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