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Ar Hyd y Nos

Welsh:

Holl amrantau’r sêr ddywedant
Ar hyd y nos
Dyma’r ffordd i fro gogoniant
Ar hyd y nos.
Golau arall yw tywyllwch
I arddangos gwir brydferthwch
Teulu’r nefoedd mewn tawelwch
Ar hyd y nos.

O mor siriol, gwena seren
Ar hyd y nos
I oleuo’i chwaer ddaearen
Ar hyd y nos.
Nos yw henaint pan ddaw cystudd
Ond i harddu dyn a’i hwyrddydd
Rhown ein golau gwan da’n gilydd
Ar hyd y nos.

English version:
(not an actual translation)

Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping
Hill and vale in slumber steeping,
I my loving vigil keeping
All through the night.

While the moon her watch is keeping
All through the night
While the weary world is sleeping
All through the night
O’er thy spirit gently stealing
Visions of delight revealing
Breathes a pure and holy feeling
All through the night.

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Sacred Heart 2 (A Fragment–)

Geography comes to an end,
Compass has lost all earthly north,
Horizons have no meaning
Nor roads an explanation:

I cannot even hope for any special borealis
To rouse my darkness with a brief “Hurray”!

O flaming Heart,
Unseen and unimagined in this wilderness,

You, You alone are real, and here I’ve found You.
Here will I love and praise You in a tongueless death,
Until my white devoted bones,
Long bleached and polished by the winds of this Sahara,
Relive at Your command,
Rise and unfold the flowers of their everlasting spring.

–By Thomas Merton, from “The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton”

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The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended

Tonight, on the feast of St. Andrew, I attended the rededication service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville. The 153-year-old parish rededicated their newly renovated worship space by celebrating a Choral Evensong. The gospel reading was from Matthew, in which you find the moving verses: “And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20) What a powerful message Jesus sends us, to stop what we are doing immediately and follow him. To God, to Christ, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory now and for ever. Amen!

The closing hymn to the Evensong was “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended,” which is one of my favorite hymns for evensong. I hope you also find beauty in its words.

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
the darkness falls at thy behest;
to thee our morning hymns ascended,
thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

We thank thee that thy Church, unsleeping
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping
and rests not now by day nor night.

As o’er each continent and island
the dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor dies the strain of praise away.

The sun that bids us rest is waking
our brethren ‘neath the western sky,
and hour by hour fresh lips are making
thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
like earth’s proud empires, pass away;
thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
till all thy creatures own thy sway.

–From the album King’s College Choir: England My England by Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury/Benjamin Bayl Choir Of King’s College.

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O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day

O Christ, who art the light and day,
thou drivest night and gloom away;
O Light of light, whose word doth show
the light of heav’n to us below.

All holy Lord, in humble prayer,
we ask tonight thy watchful care;
O grant us calm repose in thee,
a quiet night from perils free.

Our sleep be free from sin and pain;
let not the tempter vantage gain,
or our unguarded flesh surprise,
and make us guilty in thine eyes.

Asleep though wearied eyes may be,
still keep the heart awake to thee;
let thy right hand outstretched above
guard those who serve the Lord they love.

Behold, O God, our Shield, and quell
the crafts and subtleties of hell;
direct thy servants in all good,
who thou hast reedemeth with thy blood.

O Lord, remember us who bear
the burden of the flesh we wear;
thou who dost o’er our souls defend,
be with us even to the end.

All praise to God the Father be,
all praise, eternal Son, to thee,
whom with the Spirit we adore,
for ever and for evermore.

Amen.

–From the CD Brother Sun, Sister Moon by John Rutter & The Cambridge Singers.

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Night Prayer

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world we pray,
That you, with love and lasting light,
Would guard us through the hours of night.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
From nightly fears and fantasies;
Redeem through us our evil foe,
That we no lasting harm may know.

O wisest Guide, grant all we ask,
Fulfill in us your holy task,
Surround us with your love and care,
And lead us on, your life to share.

All praise to God, sustaining us,
Redeeming and transforming us,
Thanksgiving in eternity,
All praise, beloved God to thee.

–From “A New Zealand Prayer Book”, p. 177

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