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The Mystery of Lent
« on: February 14, 2016, 01:33:38 PM »
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  • The Mystery of Lent

     
     "And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He was hungry."--Matt. iv. 2



    Now with the slow revolving year,
     Again the fast we greet,
     Which in mystic circle moves
     Of forty days complete.
     "Much have we sinned, O Lord! and still
     We sin each day we live;
     Yet pour Thy pity from on high,
     And of Thy grace forgive.
     
    That fast by law and prophets taught,
     By Jesus Christ restored;
     Jesus, of seasons and of times
     The Maker and the Lord.
     Remember that we still are Thine,
     Though of a fallen frame;
     And take not from us in Thy wrath
     The glory of Thy name.
     
    Henceforth more sparing let us be
     Of food, of words, of sleep;
     Henceforth beneath a stricter guard
     The roving senses keep.
     Undo past evil; grant us, Lord,
     More grace to do aright;
     So may we now and ever find
     Acceptance in Thy sight."  
    And let us shun whatever things
     Distract the careless heart;
     And let us shut the soul against
     The tyrant tempter's art;
     Blessed Trinity in Unity!
     Vouchsafe us, in Thy love,
     To gather from these fasts below
     Immortal fruit above. Amen
     
    And weep before the Judge, and strive,
     His vengeance to appease;
     Saying to Him with contrite voice,
     Upon our bended knees:

     

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