You, O God, are the very source of light, and we implore you to count us worthy of delighting in the vision of your inaccessible brilliance.
Praise and honor, glory and thanksgiving are the blessing we give you, Lord God of our fathers, for having escorted us through the shadows of the night and shown us, once more, the light of day!
Look upon us, Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of your radiance. Perfect what you have begun, and what your Spirit has awakened us to ask for in prayer.
No sooner was the wood of your Cross set up, Christ our Lord, than the foundations of death were shaken. That which Hades had swallowed in eagerness, it now let go with trembling! You have shown us your salvation, O holy One, and we glorify you.
How near you are in the day of sickness. You yourself bend over the sufferer’s bed; his heart speaks to you. Amid sorrow and suffering you bring peace, unexpected consolation. You are the Comforter, the love which watches over us and heals us. To you we sing: Alleluia!
In the wondrous blending of sounds, it is your call we hear. In the harmony of many voices, in the sublime beauty of music, in the glory of the works of great composers. All true beauty has the power to draw the soul towards you, O God, and make it sing in ecstasy: Alleluia!
How filled with sweetness are those whose thoughts dwell on you. Where you are not, hearts are smitten with sadness; nature, and life itself, becomes sorrowful. Where you are, the soul is filled with abundance, and its song resounds like a torrent of life: Alleluia!
O Lord, how lovely it is to be your guest. All nature murmurs mysteriously, breathing the depths of your tenderness. Blessed are you, O mother earth, O reflected loveliness of the land where beauty grows not old, and where rings out the cry: Alleluia!
Everlasting King, your will for our salvation is full of power. Your right arm controls the course of human life. We thank you for all your mercies seen and unseen: For eternal life, for the heavenly joys of the kingdom which is to be. Glory to you, O God, from age to age!
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.