PRAYER: Devotion To The Holy Name

Devotion To The Holy Name

From the Franciscan Litany of the Holy Name.

Jesu, dulcis memoria

Jesu, the very thought of thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far thy face to see,
And in thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show.
The love of Jesus! what it is,
None but his loved ones know.

Jesu, our only joy be thou,
As thou our prize wilt be;
Jesu, be thou our glory now,
And through eternity.

Wherewith I longed for thee,
And left my Father’s throne;
From death to set thee free,
To claim thee for my own.

To claim thee for my own
I suffered on the cross:
O were my love but known,
No soul could fear its loss.

No soul could fear its loss,
But, filled with love divine,
Would die on its own cross,
And rise for ever mine.

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