The Virgin

So I discovered this awesome poem today:

The Virgin
Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
Woman! above all women glorified,
Our tainted nature’s solitary boast;
Purer than foam on central ocean tost;
Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn
With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
Before her wane begins on heaven’s blue coast;
Thy Image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween,
Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might bend,
As to a visible Power, in which did blend
All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee
Of mother’s love with maiden purity,
Of high with low, celestial with terrene!

-William Wordsworth

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The Divine Praises

The Divine Name in a window at St. Anne’s Church, Manchester, England.

The Divine Praises have been on my mind a lot the past few days and I have prayed them frequently. It is actually a very Hebraic prayer, so since I was having trouble falling asleep tonight, I translated them into Hebrew. Included below are also the English, Latin and original Italian texts.


בָּרוּךְ יהוה
בָּרוּךְ שְׁמוֹ קְדוֹשׁוֹ
בָּרוּךְ יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ, אֱלֹהִים אֲמִיתִי וַאִישׁ אֲמִיתִי
בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם יֵשׁוּעַ
בָּרוּךְ לְבַבוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בְּיוֹתֵר
בָּרוּךְ דָמוֹ הַיָּקָר בְּיוֹתֵר
בָּרוּךְ יֵשׁוּעַ בָּסָאקְרָמֶנְט הַקָּדוֹשׁ בְּיוֹתֵר שֶׁל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ
בָּרוּךְ רוּחַ הַקּוֹדֶשׁ, הַמְּנַחֵם
בְּרוּכָה אֶם־אֱלֹהִים הַגְּדוֹלָה, מִרְיָם הַקְּדוֹשָׁה בְּיוֹתֵר
בָּרוּךְ הֵרָיוֹנָהּ הַקָּדוֹשׁ וְהַלְּלֹא־פְּגָם
בְּרוּכָה עֲלִיַּתָהּ לַשָּׁמַיִּם הָאֲדִירָה
בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם מִרְיָם, הַבְּתוּלָה וַאִמָּא
בָּרוּךְ יוֹסֵף הַקָּדוֹשׁ, בֶּן־זוּד שֶׁלָהּ הַטָּהוֹר בְּיוֹתֵר
בָּרוּךְ יהוה בִּמַלְאֲכָיו וּבְקְדוֹשָׁיו

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.

Benedictus Deus.
Benedictum Nomen Sanctum eius.
Benedictus Jesus Christus, verus Deus et verus homo.
Benedictum Nomen Jesu.
Benedictum Cor eius sacratissimum.
Benedictus Sanguis eius pretiosissimus.
Benedictus Jesus in sanctissimo altaris Sacramento.
Benedictus Sanctus Spiritus, Paraclitus.
Benedicta excelsa Mater Dei, Maria sanctissima.
Benedicta sancta eius et immaculata Conceptio.
Benedicta eius gloriosa Assumptio.
Benedictum nomen Mariae, Virginis et Matris.
Benedictus sanctus Ioseph, eius castissimus Sponsus.
Benedictus Deus in Angelis suis, et in Sanctis suis.

Dio sia benedetto
Benedetto il Suo santo Nome.
Benedetto Gesù Cristo, vero Dio e vero Uomo.
Benedetto il Nome di Gesù.
Benedetto il Suo sacratissimo Cuore.
Benedetto il Suo preziosissimo Sangue.
Benedetto Gesù nel SS. Sacramento dell’altare.
Benedetto lo Spirito Santo Paraclito.
Benedetta la gran Madre di Dio, Maria Santissima.
Benedetta la Sua santa e Immacolata Concezione.
Benedetta la Sua gloriosa Assunzione.
Benedetto il Nome di Maria, Vergine e Madre.
Benedetto S. Giuseppe, Suo castissimo Sposo.
Benedetto Dio nei Suoi Angeli e nei Suoi Santi.

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Here’s a translation of a hymn I did that I’m reblogging from my hymn blog

Saint Augustine's Lyre

Here is a wonderful Russian hymn I discovered last fall. I have been working on coming up with a worthy English version with the help of some amatuer linguistic know-how and google translate. Here’s what I have so-far:

Lord, my God, have mercy! Lord my God, forgive!
Help me, my God, to carry my cross and live!
Thou didst tread this thorny path for us in love,
Silently didst bear the painful, heavy Cross!

Thou, O Crucified One, for us endured scorn;
For Thine enemies Thou didst pray, grieve, and mourn!
Of virtue, soul and body, I am but faint,
Of the sinful passions I’m a guilty slave.

Of earth’s vast trove of sinners, I am the chief;
I cry out in anguish, “Lord, my God, forgive!”
Grant me strength and virtue by Thy Spirit’s art,
That the passions’ flames shall be quenched in my heart.

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Christ the King, 2009.

So here’s the text of a sermon I preached before I was Catholic, as an Anglican seminarian for the feast of Christ the King in the year 2009.

Sunday 11-22-09 Feast of Christ the King
Lectionary Readings: Daniel 7: 9-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1: 1-8; John 18: 33-37

(Brief Prayer)

Good morning! Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the Christian year. This holiday is actually fairly recent in the Church’s calendar. It was first introduced by Pope Pius XI in the 1920s as a way to remind Christians who their true King is in the face of growing secularism. It has become an observance for both Catholics and several Protestant churches, including our own denomination. So, turning to our readings from this morning, what does it mean to say that Christ is our king?

As I was preparing this sermon, I kept coming back to the Gospel text. I can’t help but wonder, what must Pontius Pilate be thinking during this whole exchange with Jesus? He’s had the whole Sanhedrin come to him in the early hours to demand Jesus be executed because He has claimed to be King of the Jews. He asks Jesus to confirm or deny the charges and he can’t get a straight answer from our Dear Lord to save his life! “Are you the king of the Jews?” Straightforward. To which Jesus asks “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?”  At this point, you get the sense from Pilate’s response that he’s getting kind of annoyed. Something to the effect of: “Why not simply answer the question? Why ask me where the question is coming from? I’m not a Jew! I have no personal interest! Your own priests handed you over to me. Now, tell me why they’ve brought you here.”  Jesus then goes on to give another enigmatic answer. “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here.” “So is this a yes? Are you saying you’re a king? This business of a kingdom not belonging to this world does not make a lot of sense.” Jesus goes on “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate then cynically responds “What is truth?” and goes on to decide that he finds no case against Jesus.

So what are we to make of all this? What does Jesus mean by saying his kingdom is not of this world? Don’t the other passages from this morning show that God’s rule extends over this world? Indeed, the passage from Revelation describes Jesus Christ as “the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.” So clearly, while his kingdom is not of this world, this world is subject to his kingdom. We cannot take Jesus’ words here to mean then that his kingdom is some otherworldly thing which has no relevance to this world. Rather, as one commentator puts it, “Throughout the Gospels Jesus makes it clear that his kingdom is both otherwordly in its source and quality and present in this world.”

I think what we see here in essence is that Jesus is redefining kingship and messiahship, as he does throughout the Gospels. He does not adopt the term king or messiah directly, because those words for people in this world are shaped by the circumstances and expectations of this world. Jesus is indeed a king, with real authority over the whole world, but not a king like those of this world. We need look no further than Pontius Pilate and the earthly king he represents, the mighty Roman Emperor – ruler of the known world of that day.

The Roman Empire was a vast state, stretching from Scotland all the way to Mesopotamia. Not long before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus had brought the entire Mediterranean world under the heel of Rome, defeated pirates making the whole realm safe for travel and inaugurated the 200 year Roman Peace. The Romans also brought safe roads, aqueducts and other technological improvements, military protection and for those privileged to be Roman citizens, a good justice system. Life was good… provided you were lucky enough to be a Roman citizen, worshipped the Roman gods -and eventually the emperor himself as a god – and had not had the misfortune of being caught on the wrong side of Rome in a fight. For the non-citizen, life meant heavy taxation for the privilege of being ruled by Rome, the rule of an often harsh Roman governor and a severe justice system which carried the potential of being sold into slavery or crucified. Indeed, much of the Roman success was run on the backs of slaves who had been captured from various nations and forced to work on the estates of the Roman nobility in a manner of slavery much like that seen in the American South and the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th centuries. But the Romans took it even farther with the gladiator games in the arenas scattered throughout the empire, in which slaves were made to fight one another to the death for the amusement of the population.

A Roman Standard

The list of pros and cons about the Roman Empire could go on for quite some time. But suffice it to say, while Roman rule did bring with it some very positive things, it also brought great evil. Sin was certainly no stranger to the Roman realm, and yet the emperors styled themselves as “Son of God” and “Savior of the World.” It makes one shudder to think of the titles which we know belong only to Jesus Christ being applied to the likes of Calligula or Nero.

But such is any kingdom rooted in this world. Rome and her emperors assumed for themselves a sort of messianic status, promising peace and security to the world. And not only Rome has promised this in history. More recently, the thought from the Enlightenment of the 18th Century has led many people into thinking that we can perfect ourselves and our society. For instance, Karl Marx articulated a scheme whereby all the injustices of the world could be dealt with through class warfare, leading to an overthrow of ruling elites and making everything common property. In the 20th century, we have seen the fruition of these secular messianic movements in the worst human atrocities ever committed, such as the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, or the over 23 million killed by Stalin’s régime in Russia – a country which tried to carry out Marx’s ideal. These attempts by mankind to usher in our own utopia always end up with some group of people putting themselves ahead of others, oppressing, persecuting, abusing and even killing them.

Why must it be so? Well, fundamentally, the problem with these kingdoms of this world is that they do not correctly understand the human condition. They do not grasp that each and every human being alive is tainted with sin. We are a race which has chosen to reject our loving creator, the Lord God, the King of the Universe and attempt to usurp His throne, putting ourselves in His place. How could we possibly hope to build a perfect society when it would be run by a sinful people? This is, quite simply, delusional. Like the people of Nineveh in the book of Jonah, on our own we are a people “who cannot tell their right hand from their left.” (4:11)

Let’s take it down to a much smaller level. In our own lives, in our relationships with others, are we not often tempted to seek our own good above others? We want to be loved more. We want – and we think we deserve  – more attention. It’s more important that we get where we’re going than the other drivers on the road. Or, this person has wronged me, therefore I hope he gets his just desserts; and oh wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could give it to him myself! And of course, “I know what’s right better than you do, so you should let me control the situation.” This does not work very well for us, of course. I know, for me certainly, these are the types of attitudes that bring me into conflict with those around me. For instance, I have a sister who is seven years younger than I am, and so I often had the responsibility of looking after her growing up. There was definitely a tendency on my part to lord the little bit of responsibility I was given by my parents over her at times. I was often harsh and overbearing, and even thought I was superior. So, we often fought like cats and dogs. If there is such a tendency to be selfish, self-seeking, blind and at times even cruel in small things – in our daily lives and relationships – how much more is it true when more power is given? Thus we end up with kings of this world who are at best flawed but mean well, and at worst the great tyrants of history who have brought suffering to the whole world.

In stark contrast, we see Jesus Christ – the King who is not a king of the order of this world. In our Gospel lesson today, we see Him, the King of the universe, as He is about to lay down his life for each and every one of us. He is the antithesis of the ways of this world. He does not seek his own good, but rather offers himself up for all of us who have rebelled against him and hated him. He does not seek vengeance, but forgives, as He says from the cross as he is mocked by those who crucified Him “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He does not inflict suffering, but takes on the sufferings of a fallen world. As our reading from Revelation this morning says it, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.” He is a King who rules by love.

My favorite novel – Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien – has some beautiful passages reflecting on Christ being our king which I would like to offer at this point.

“Our King suffers with us. He suffers in us. When His Kingdom is established in its fullness, our love for Him will surpass that for any earthly king, because He has suffered everything that His poorest children have suffered. And suffered by choice, where we have suffered unwillingly.”

As this passage indicates, His Kingdom has not yet come in its fullness, yet He is also now our King. So what does that mean for us?

Well, the New Testament tells us in several places that Christ came in the flesh, died and rose again so that we could become children of God – in some sense His brothers and sisters – the brothers and sisters of the true King!  It also tells us in Colossians 3:15 to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” So we have as Christians in the here and now a profound and intimate relationship with Christ. He is our brother, and the king of our heart, whom we must let rule over us. It is only under the rule of Christ, as we talk with Him through prayer and spiritual reading and receive His Body and Blood in the Eucharist that He begins to address those aspects of our brokenness which are a hindrance to His rule. Indeed, one of the things He touched on very early with me was the need to allow Him to transform my relationship with my sister – which even now He continues to do, as I see new areas every now and then where I owe her an apology. But, miraculously, by the grace of Christ, my sister still loves me despite the times I’ve acted like a tyrant.

We must also show Christ as our King before the world and bear witness to the hope we have for the day when His Kingdom will come in its fullness. We must respect the authorities whom God has set over us. But at the same time, if you paid attention to the processional hymn this morning, we sang of Christ that He is the one “who comes to break oppression, to set the captive free, to take away transgression and rule in equity.” I encourage you to read and meditate upon the words of that hymn if you haven’t already, because they are a wonderful reflection upon the Christian hope we have in Christ, that “O’er every foe victorious, He on His throne shall rest; from age to age more glorious, all blessing and all blest: the tide of time shall never His covenant remove; His Name shall stand forever, His changeless Name of Love.” This is a hope which no human scheme nor king of this world is capable of fulfilling and we must be wary of anything which claims that it can – only our Lord can.

Therefore let us pray that the Lord ever more rule our hearts, transform us by His love, feed us with his Body, wash our souls in His most precious Blood and give us greater hope and expectation for the day when His Kingdom comes in its fullness. Amen.

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Another Hymn

I was traveling the other day and ended up writing this hymn while on the plane. I was meditating on the passage where Jesus said “Unto the least of these that you have done it, you have done it unto me.” I was also thinking about the need for true social justice versus the false secular notion of social justice in our society and which many Christians have adopted, and so the hymn is geared as a corrective to that.

O make us now Thy people, Lord,
In righteousness and love,
And do Thou, gracious Lord of all,
Be evermore our God;
Help us now to renounce all greed,
all envy, lust and pride.
Teach us to love our enemies,
and so in Thee abide.

For Christ did come and die for us
While we were yet in sin;
Far from Thy glory did we fall,
Yet He hath made amends!
He came to make a people Thine,
By love fulfilled Thy Law,
And we, in love called by His Name,
His glorious Words recall:

“Whate’er ye do unto the least,
Ye do it unto Me.”
Thou didst in Thine own Image make
All men that live and breathe.
And so we pray Thee, gracious Lord,
Our hardened hearts do melt,
And give us eyes of faith that we
May love our neighbours well.

The only place true justice dwells
Is written in Thy Word,
And so our hearts through Scripture teach
Thy ways all-holy, Lord.
Out of the darkness of this world:
Its wisdom, fame, and pride,
Do save us now, O gracious Lord,
And heal our darkened eyes.

Help us called by Thy Name, O Christ,
To reach out to the poor,
And those in need, lost and alone,
To show Thy love, O Lord.
To those enslaved and trapped by sin,
Thy freedom help us bring;
Thy Hands and Feet, a healing balm,
Help us be, Righteous King!

Teach us, O Lord, to rein our tongues;
Its fire of malice quench!
Raise up our hearts to charity;
We all our sins repent!
Thy holy fire of charity
Rain on this weary world;
Renew earth’s face, Thy Kingdom bring
In glorious fullness, Lord!

Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2012.
Tune:Old 44thPsalmes, 1556.

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An Easter Hymn

Traditional icon of the Resurrection

I wanted to write a hymn for Easter using Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones as a theme around Easter time, but inspirtation didn’t strike until yesterday. I could not decide between two tunes to use, so I decided both were suitable. This hymn basically uses a few different typological themes from the Old Testament. Plus, as a refrain I came up with a versified form of the Paschal Troparion from the Eastern Church, which is:

Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Here is the text of my hymn:


Gustave Doré’s Woodcut of Ezekiel’s Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones

Glorious Hope of all the ages,
Ris’n in triumph from the dead,
Jesus Christ our risen Saviour,
Praise be to Thee without end!
From the dead Christ God is risen,
Trampling down death by His death,
And on those in tombs awaiting
Graciously bestowing life!

Disgraced Eve and fallen Adam
Now are raised unto new life!
Christ the Serpent’s head  hath bruisèd,
And hath opened Paradise!
From the dead Christ God is risen,
Trampling down death by His death,
And on those in tombs awaiting
Graciously bestowing life!

As Israel through Red Sea waters
From slavery’s yolk was made free,
Thou, O Christ, true Paschal Victim,
Freed us from sin’s tyranny!
From the dead Christ God is risen,
Trampling down death by His death,
And on those in tombs awaiting
Graciously bestowing life!

Now fulfilled Ezekiel’s vision:
Dry bones raised to flesh anew!
Christ our God today is risen,
Making all creation new!
From the dead Christ God is risen,
Trampling down death by His death,
And on those in tombs awaiting
Graciously bestowing life!

On Thy Resurrection Day, Lord,
Alleluias now we raise,
For Thou art our great Redeemer,
Worthy of all thanks and praise!
From the dead Christ God is risen,
Trampling down death by His death,
And on those in tombs awaiting
Graciously bestowing life!

Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2012.
Tune:Blaenhafren” or “Weisse Flaggen

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New Hymns

So I got a few new hymns written or finished last week while in West Virginia.

An Eastern Orthodox Altar with the Seven-Branched Lampstand

This one I was first inspired to write on Pentecost. It’s a seven-fold hymn to the Holy Spirit. Each verse deals with one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is also an acrostic as the Beginning letter of each verse spells out MENORAH. My idea there was that there is the image of the 7 branched lampstand, the menorah, before the Throne of God in heaven which represents the seven Spirits of God according to Revelation 4:5, so I wanted to write an acrostic hymn to the Holy Spirit dealing with the seven gifts of the Spirit. Here it is:

Mighty and All-Holy Spirit,
Sev’nfold Spirit of the Lord,
Come in might; perfect within us
All Thy gifts Thou hast outpoured!
Grant the light of Thine own wisdom
To our strained and longing eyes,
That we may yet better know Thee,
Rightly love Thee, O Most High!

Enter in our hearts more fully;
Give us grace to understand
What, O Spirit, Thou revealest
And to trust in Thy command!
Let us enter ever deeper
Into Thy great truth and light
And to dwell upon Thy myst’ries
Leading to eternal life!

Now we pray Thee, Holy Spirit,
Grant unto us grace on grace
That we may draw ever near Thee
And at last may see Thy Face!
Grant to us Thy mighty counsel
That we e’er may judge aright,
And may know Thy will all-holy,
And discern the dark from light.

O most Holy, gracious Spirit,
Make us steadfast in our faith;
Grant us strength amidst our struggle,
Perseverance in the race!
Fortitude now pour upon us
That we e’er hold fast to Thee,
Daily growing in all virtue,
Faith, hope, joy and charity!

Righteous and All-Knowing Spirit,
God before all worlds began,
Thou didst hover o’er the waters
As the Father all began.
Grant to us, Creator Spirit,
Knowledge of Thy glorious truth,
Eyes of faith that in creation
Perceive what Thou, Lord, dost do!

All-Adored and Loving Spirit,
Grant to our hearts piety,
That we may yet love more deeply
Thee, O Lord, Blessed Trinity!
Let us know Thy gracious favor,
That through Jesus we are sons,
And that all men bear Thine Image,
Thus deserving of our love.

Holy Spirit, Sanctifier,
Who hast spoken from of old
In the words of Sacred Scripture
That the wise man fears the Lord,
Grant to us this seed of wisdom,
Holy fear and awe of God,
That at length in Thy great Kingdom
We may ever live above!

Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2012.

An Illumination Depicting Isaiah’s Vision in the Temple

I wanted to write a Eucharistic hymn based on Isaiah 6. Most of my thinking there can be seen in my post from February 9th. The line “Burn off our rust and deformity” commes from John Donne’s poem “Good Friday 1613: Riding Westward.” Ever since I first read that poem, that line has always stuck with me and become a favorite prayer of mine:

As to Isaiah in the days of old,
Whom Thou didst deign Thy glory let behold
So now to us Thou dost Thyself reveal
In this blessed Sacrament we e’er revere!

“O Holy, Holy, Holy Lord of Hosts”
Cries out before Thee all the angel host
With veilèd faces and with downcast eye
From age to age they sing to Thee, Most High!

So like Isaiah we before Thee fall
In adoration, trembling, fear and awe;
Thy burning love and glory, Lord All-Blessed,
Causeth us with Isaiah to confess:

“Woe unto me! For now I am undone;
I am a man of unclean lips and tongue!
Amidst a people like myself I dwell,
Yet have I seen the God of Israel!”

Unto Isaiah in the days of old
Fleweth the seraph with the blazing coal:
“Lo! This hath touched thy lips and cleansed thy sin;
The gracious Lord all thy guilt doth forgive!”

So, Lord, Thy Body and Thy Precious Blood,
The blazing coal of Thy consuming love,
Like to Isaiah now hath touched our lips;
Lord in Thy mercy burn away our sins!

Lord, burn off our rust and deformity!
Make now our hearts be conformed unto Thee!
Through this blessed Sacrament, O gracious Lord,
Remake us in Thine Image evermore!

Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2012. Based on Isaiah 6

This hymn is based on the traditional “Memorare” prayer. The text of the prayer and the hymn are below:

Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O thou Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions but in thy clemency hear and answer them. Amen.

Remember, Most Gracious Mary,
Ne’er before hath it been known
That those seeking thy protection
And thine aid didst thou disown
Memorare! Memorare!
Blessed Virgin hear my plea!
Blessed Virgin hear my plea!

With this hope inspired I fly now,
Blessed Mother, unto thee!
Sinful and in sorrow I stand now
Trusting in thy clemency.
Memorare! Memorare!
Blessed Virgin hear my plea!
Blessed Virgin hear my plea!

Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Do not now my pleas despise;
Hear and answer me, O Mother,
Lead me to thy Son, the Christ!
Memorare! Memorare!
Blessed Virgin hear my plea!
Blessed Virgin hear my plea!

Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2012. Based on the Memorare prayer
Tune:Cwm Rhondda

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