O Highest Hope Of Mortals

This hymn is used for Vespers on the Solemnity of the Holy Family in both Forms.

O Highest Hope of mortals,
Blest Light of Saints above,
O Jesu, on whose boyhood
Home smiled with kindly love;

And thou whose bosom nursed Him,
O Mary, highly graced,
Whose breast gave milk to Jesus,
Whose arms thy God embraced;

And thou of all men chosen
To guard the Virgin’s fame,
To whom God’s Son refused not
A Father’s gracious name;

Born for the nation’s healing,
Of Jesse’s lineage high,
Behold the suppliants kneeling,
O hear the sinners’ cry!

The sun returned to evening,
Dusks all the twilight air:
We, lingering here before you,
Pour out our heartfelt prayer.

Your home was as a garden
Made glad with fairest flowers;
May life thus blossom sweetly
In every home of ours.

Jesus, to Thee be glory,
The Maiden-Mother’s Son,
With Father and with Spirit
While endless ages run.

Words: Pope Leo XIII, 19th C.; tr. Marquess of Bute’s Roman Breviary, 1908.
Tune:Cherry Tree Carol” traditional English carol.
Meter: 76.76

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.


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