Wednesday, October 15, 2008

St. Teresa of Avila

Happy Feast Day of St. Teresa, founder of the Discalced Carmelites!!!

From the Divine Office

Regis supérni núntia,
Domum patérnam déseris,
Terris, Terésa, bárbaris
Christum datúra aut sánguinem.

Sed te manet suávior
Mors, pœna poscit dúlcior :
Divíni amóris cúspide
In vulnus icta cóncides.

O caritátis víctima !
Tu corda nostra cóncrema,
Tibíque gentes créditas
Avérni ab igne líbera.

Sit laus Patri cum Fílio
Et Spíritu Paráclito,
Tibíque, sancta Trínitas,
Nunc et per omne sæculum. Amen.

In Anglice
To herald him, the King divine,
A maid-child flees her home benign,
Intent with savages to live,
To them her blood, for Christ, to give.

But sweeter death awaits her far,
Whence all her pains the kinder are,
For love's consuming, fiery dart,
Would smite, and set on fire, her heart.

O Victim, whom God's love did claim,
Teresa, pray that love inflame
Each soul which fain would follow thee,
And from unholy fire be free.

To thee, O Father, as is meet,
With thy blest Son and Paraclete,
The Three in One and One in Three,
Be praises now and endlessly. Amen.

BTW, more to come!! I have to start doing this more often...

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