O Jesus, Lord of Heavenly Grace

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1 O Jesus, Lord of heavenly grace,
thou brightness of thy Father's face,
thou fountain of eternal light,
whose beams disperse the shades of night.

2 Come, holy Sun of heavenly love,
shower down thy radiance from above,
and to our inward hearts convey
the Holy Spirit's cloudless ray.

3 May faith, deep-rooted in the soul,
subdue our flesh, our minds control;
may guile depart and discord cease,
and all within be joy and peace.

4 O hallowed be the approaching day;
let meekness be our morning ray,
and faithful love our noonday light,
and hope our sunset calm and bright.

5 O Christ, with each returning morn,
thine image to our hearts is borne;
oh may we ever clearly see
our Saviour and our God in thee.


Source: The Book of Praise #818

Author: St. Ambrose

Ambrose (b. Treves, Germany, 340; d. Milan, Italy, 397), one of the great Latin church fathers, is remembered best for his preaching, his struggle against the Arian heresy, and his introduction of metrical and antiphonal singing into the Western church. Ambrose was trained in legal studies and distinguished himself in a civic career, becoming a consul in Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan, an Arian, died in 374, the people demanded that Ambrose, who was not ordained or even baptized, become the bishop. He was promptly baptized and ordained, and he remained bishop of Milan until his death. Ambrose successfully resisted the Arian heresy and the attempts of the Roman emperors to dominate the church. His most famous convert and disciple w… Go to person page >

Translator: John Chandler

John Chandler, one of the most successful translators of hymns, was born at Witley in Surrey, June 16, 1806. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1830. Ordained deacon in 1831 and priest in 1832, he succeeded his father as the patron and vicar of Whitley, in 1837. His first volume, entitled The Hymns of the Primitive Church, now first Collected, Translated and Arranged, 1837, contained 100 hymns, for the most part ancient, with a few additions from the Paris Breviary of 1736. Four years later, he republished this volume under the title of hymns of the Church, mostly primitive, collected, translated and arranged for public use, 1841. Other publications include a Life of William of Wykeham, 1842, and Horae s… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Jesus, Lord of heavenly grace
Title: O Jesus, Lord of Heavenly Grace
Latin Title: Splendor paternae gloriae
Author: St. Ambrose
Translator: John Chandler
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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