Jesu, Our Lenten Fast of Thee

Jesu, our Lenten fast of Thee
We duteous learn to keep,
A healing time, by Thy decree,
For all Thy wounded sheep.

A time in which towards paradise,
Once lost by carnal sense,
The souls redeemed by Thee may rise
Through chastening abstinence.

Now with Thy Church be present, Lord,
In all Thy saving grace,
And hear us as with one accord
Mourning, we seek Thy face.

Most Merciful, forgive the past,
The sins which we deplore;
Thy sheltering arms around us cast,
That we may sin no more.

To Thee our sacrifice we bring
Of Lenten fast and prayer,
Till, cleansed by Thee, our God and King,
Thy Paschal joy we share.

Grant this, O Father, through Thy Son,
And through the Spirit blest,
Who art with Them forever One,
Eternally confessed.

Word: Anonymous, ca. 12th Century; tr. John W. Hewitt, 1859.
Tune:Windsor” Christopher Tye, 1533.

Here Is the original Latin text of this hymn:

Iesu, quadragenariae
dicator abstinentiae,
qui ob salutem mentium
praeceperas ieiunium,

Adesto nunc Ecclesiae,
adesto paenitentiae,
qua supplicamus cernui
peccata nostra dilui.

Tu retroacta crimina
tua remitte gratia
et a futuris adhibe
custodiam mitissime,

Ut, expiati annuis
compunctionis actibus,
tendamus ad paschalia
digne colenda gaudia.

Te rerum universitas,
clemens, adoret, Trinitas,
et nos novi per veniam
novum canamus canticum. Amen.

Here is a recording of this hymn as a Gregorian chant.


About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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One Response to Jesu, Our Lenten Fast of Thee

  1. Monique d'Auteuil says:

    What a great post! Thank you! Blessed Lent!

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