Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ambrose: vespers hymn

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    Commemoration of the Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer, Nicolas Ridley, and Thomas Cranmer, bishops and martyrs, 1555
    The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
    the LORD accepts my prayer.
    All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed;
    they will turn back in sudden disgrace.
    —Psalm 6:9-10 (NIV)
Thee, Lord, before the close of day,
Maker of all things, Thee we pray
for Thy dear loving kindness’ sake
to guard and guide us in Thy way.

Banish the dreams that terrify,
and night’s fantastic company;
keep us from Satan’s tyranny;
defend us from unchastity.

Protect us, Father, God ador’d,
Thou, too, coequal Son and Lord,
Thou, Holy Ghost, our Advocate,
whose reign can know nor bound nor date.
    ... St. Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) (339-397), hymn for compline, Roman Breviary, 8th century, attrib. (see the book)
    See also Ps. 6:9-10; 23:4; 91:5; 136:1-3; 141:2; Isa. 54:14; Luke 21:34-36; Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 15:55-57; Tit. 2:3-5
Quiet time reflection:
    In You, Lord, is victory over all fears.

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