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The Royal Standard Forward Goes   3 comments

Crucifix I July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes, July 15, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its immediate predecessors

Original Latin Text by St. Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus (Died 600/609)

English Translation (1913) by John Caspar Mattes (1876-1948)


1.  The royal standard forward goes,

The holy Cross with mystery glows,

Where death by life was put to shame,

And life from death triumphant came.

2.  Here from my Saviour ‘s pierced side

Flows forth the purifying tide,

That lets no sinful spot remain,

As blood and water cleanse each stain.

3.  Fulfilled is now the hope foretold,

That faithful prophets sang of old;

When God His wondering people see,

Ruling all nations from the Tree.

4.  Hail! only source of hope and life;

In this sad time of pain and strife,

To faithful souls Thy grace increase,

And to the guilty give Thy peace.

5.  And now, O Blessed Trinity,

Let endless praises be to Thee,

Who through the triumph of Thy love,

Hast gained for us a crown above.

St. Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus   Leave a comment


Above:  Venantius Fortunatus Reading His Poems to Radegonda VI, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

(Image in the public domain)

St. Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus (died circa 610) was the Bishop of Pontiers.


Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle:

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Above:  Pieta, Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta, Georgia, Good Friday, March 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Original Latin text by St. Venantius Hororius Clementius Fortunatus (died 600/609), Bishop of Pontiers

English translation (1931) by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), of The United Methodist Church


1.  Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, sing the ending of the fray;

now above the cross the trophy, sound the loud triumphant lay;

tell how Christ, the world’s Redeemer, as a victim won the day.

2.  Tell how, when at length the fullness of th’appointed time was come,

Christ, the Word, was born of woman, left for us his heavenly home;

showed us human life made perfect, shone as light amid the gloom.

3.  Thus, with thirty years accomplished, went he forth from Nazareth,

destined, dedicated, willing, wrought his work, and met his death.

Like a lamb he humbly yielded on the cross his dying breath.

4.  Faithful cross, thou sign of triumph, now for us the noblest tree,

none in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit they peer may be;

symbol of the world’s redemption, for the weight that hung on thee.

5.  Unto God be praise and glory:  to the Father and the Son,

to th’eternal Spirit honor now and evermore be done;

praise and glory in the highest, while unending ages run.

Hail Thee, Festival Day! (Easter)   5 comments

Women at the Empty Tomb, by Fra Angelico

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940 (1943), The Episcopal Church

Original Latin Words by Saint Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers (Died 600/609)

English words from The English Hymnal (1906), of The Church of England



Hail thee, festival day!  blest day that art hallowed for ever;

Day whereon Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.

1.  Lo, the fair beauty of earth, from the death of the winter arising!

Every good gift of the year now with its Master returns:


2.  He who was nailed to the cross is Lord and the ruler of all men;

All things created on earth sing to the glory of God:


3.  Daily the loveliness grows, adorned with the glory of blossom;

Heaven her gates unbars, flinging her increase of light:


4.  Rise from the grave now, O Lord, who art author of life and creation.

Treading the pathway of death, life thou bestowest on man:


5.  God the All-Father, the Lord, who rulest the earth and the heavens,

Guard us from harm without, cleanse us from evil within:


6.  Jesus the health of the world, enlighten our minds, thou Redeemer,

Son of the Father supreme, only-begotten of God:


7.  Spirit of life and of power, now flow in us, fount of our being,

Light that dost lighten all, that in all dost abide:


8.  Praise to the Giver of good!  Thou love who art author of concord,

Pour out thy balm on our souls, order our ways in thy peace: