In the beginning was the Word
Equal in fullness of divinity to the Father;
In Him is life, the light of people,
Shining in the darkness.
Thou art the Word, O Redeemer,
In Thee all was created;
The whole universe Thou wield’st in hand:
Heaven, earth and abysses.
Thou art First and Last,
King and Judge of kings;
Two-edged sword in Thy mouth,
To separate good from evil.
The Church of God, the New City,
Gleaming with gold and pearls,
Built thanks to Thy blood,
Hath become our dwelling.
Thou alone light’st Thy City,
Wedded in glory to Thee;
There Thou shalt feed us in eternity
With the fruit of the tree of life.
Glory be to Thee, O Resurrected,
To Thy Father and Ghost;
Thou wast, art, and shalt come,
Therefore we call: “Come, O Lord!”
God of our fathers, God of Abraham,
Jacob, Joseph, the Twelve Tribes,
God of the Holy Book, the Law and the Temple,
We praise Thee, Lord, with meek love.
Thou led Thy people in a cloud full of light
Through water abysses and sands of desert;
Thou kept them from the enemy on the way
to the land of promise on the banks of Jordan.
Oh Holy of Israel, mysterious Jehovah,
Thou gave spirit and power to prophets,
So that they repeat your judgments
When the Chosen People deserted you.
From the ends of the earth Thou gathered as one
Your sons, expelled by their own immorality,
So that in the fullness of time the Aaron’s rod
Blossom with the Messiah, the seed of David.
God of our fathers, almighty in Trinity,
Born through faith from Christ’s tribe,
we praise Thee today before all people,
Giving thanks for the New Covenant. Amen.