Iam, Christe, Sol Iustitiae

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This is, I think, my favourite Lenten Office hymn. I cannot help but pair it with one of Turner's magnificent sunrises. You can find the melody in the Liber hymnarius.

The third strophe makes an incisive petition: "Remove the things that, of ourselves, / We cannot reach, or put aside." It reminds me of the prayer of Mère Yvonne-Aimée of Malestroit: "O my Jesus, do Thou in me whatsoever Thou desirest to find in me."

Lauds II

The darkness flees, and dew-kissed earth
Sings welcome to the waking day;
Hope holds to Christ the mirror high
To catch the Dayspring's healing ray!

You fill with light this sacred time,
Give tears as well to purify;
Give flames of love to purge our hearts;
In us your mercy magnify.

The hidden wound whence flow our sins,
Wash clean by bathing in the tide;
Remove the things that, of ourselves,
We cannot reach, or put aside.

The Day draws near when all re-blooms --
Your Day, O Christ, life-giving Lord!
We too will joy, by your right hand
From death's dark tomb to joy restored.

To God, the loving Trinity,
Let earth and sky adoring bend;
And evermore from hearts renewed
Let songs fresh sprung of praise ascend. Amen.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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