Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bernard: O Jesus, King most wonderful!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
    Feast of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher, 1153
    Commemoration of William & Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 & 1890
    In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
    —John 1:4 (NIV)
O Jesus, King most wonderful!
    O Conqueror renowned!
O Source of peace ineffable,
    In whom all joys are found:

When once you visit darkened hearts
    Then truth begins to shine,
Then earthly vanity departs,
    Then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, light of all below,
    The fount of life and fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
    All that we can desire:

May ev’ry heart confess your name,
    Forever you adore,
And, seeking you, itself inflame
    To seek you more and more!

Oh, may our tongues forever bless,
    May we love you alone
And ever in our lives express
    The image of your own!
    ... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) & Edward Caswall (1814-1878), Lyra Catholica, New York: E. Dunigan and Brother, 1851, p. 103-104 (see the book)
    See also John 1:4; Isa. 9:6; John 1:9; 8:12; 12:46; 1 Cor. 11:1; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, remake us to be like Yourself.

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