Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
–Words: Matthew 5:3-12 (King James Version)
–Music: Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
The Lord is my light, the refuge of my life and my salvation; of whom then shall I be afraid?
If I take the wings of the morning or go up into heaven, your right hand will hold me.
In the shadow of your wings will I rejoice and bless your holy Name;
and I will sing of your Glory, O Lord my strength, as long as I live.
–Words: Psalms 27:1, 139:8, 63:4 & 7
–Music: Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)
O nata lux de lumine,
Jesu redemptor saeculi,
Dignare clemens supplicum
Laudes precesque sumere.
Qui carne quondam contegi
Dignatus es pro perditis,
Nos membra confer effici
Tui beati corporis.
O Light born of Light,
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
With loving-kindness deign to receive
Supplicant praise and prayer.
Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh
For the sake of the lost,
Grant us to be members
Of thy blessed body.
–Words: Office Hymn at Lauds on the Feast of the Transfiguration
–Music: Morten Lauridsen (born 1943)
Behold, O God, our defender, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
For one day in thy courts is better than a thousand… —Psalm 84:8–9a
–Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
Behold a star from Jacob shining, and a scepter from Israel rising, to reign in glory over the nations. Like some bright morning star is he, the promise of the coming day, beyond the night of sorrow. Break forth, O light! We, our joyful hearts uplifting with thanksgiving, hail the brightness of thy rising.
–Music: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
–Words: arr. by Henry Wilder Foote, after Numbers 24:17
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God.
Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb!
Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM.
The great I AM…
In dulci jubilo
Let us our homage shew:
Our heart’s joy reclineth
And like a bright star shineth
Matris in gremio,
Alpha es et O!
O Jesu parvule,
I yearn for thee alway!
Hear me, I beseech Thee,
O puer optime;
My praying let it reach Thee,
O princeps gloriae.
Trahe me post te.
O patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
Deeply were we stained.
Per nostra crimina:
But Thou for us hast gained
O that we were there!
Ubi sunt gaudia,
If that they be not there?
There are Angels singing
And there the bells are ringing
In Regis curia.
O that we were there!
–Fourteenth century German/Latin carol