Posted by: Catholic of Thule | September 14, 2010

Ecce Crucem Domini: O magnum pietatis opus!

O great work of love: death then was dead when on the Cross Life itself had died.

Today we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, upon which the author of Life itself, having united to Himself a human nature capable of dying, gave Himself for us that we might live, and truly live the supernatural life with Him. Rather predictably perhaps, I have chosen to share with you some exerpts from the ever inspiring antiphons of the Monastic Diurnal.

Save us, O Christ our Saviour, by the merits of the Cross, Thou Who didst save Peter in the sea, have mercy on us.

Behold the Cross of the Lord! Flee, O, ye His enemies, for the lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath conquered, alleluia.

We must glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through the sign of the Cross free us from our enemies, O our God.

The reading for sext is taken from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:

May God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jeus Christ, through Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.

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.

Bend thy boughs, O Tree of glory!

They relaxing sinews bend;

For awhile the ancient rigor,

That thy birth bestowed, suspend;

And the King of heavenly beauty

On thy bosom gently tend!

Thou alone wast counted worthy

This world’s ransom to sustain;

That a shipwrecked race forever

Might a port of refuge gain:

With the sacred Blood anointed

Of the Lamb for sinners slain.

Glory be to God, and honor

In the highest, as is meet,

To the Son, and to the Father,

And the eternal Paraclete,

Whose is boundless praise and power

Through the ages infinite.

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