Category Archives: John Mason Neale

The Strain Upraise Of Joy And Praise

This hymn was apparently originally a Sequence hymn written for Epiphany. This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867): The strain upraise of joy and praise, Alleluia! To the glory of their King Shall the … Continue reading

Posted in Bl. Notker Balbulus, Christmas, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Hymns By The Greats, John Mason Neale, Non-English Hymns, Praise to God, Pre-Tridentine Sequences, Saints of the Church (Canonized or Beatified), Sequences, The Church Year, The Epiphany | 1 Comment

Brief Life Is Here Our Portion

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867): PART I Brief life is here our portion;— Brief sorrow, short-lived care; The Life that knows no ending, The tearless Life, is there. O happy retribution! Short … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient & Mediaeval Hymns, Christian Hope, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Holy Mother Church, Hymns By The Greats, John Mason Neale, Latin Hymns, Non-English Hymns, St. Bernard of Cluny, The Christian Life And Mission, The Church Triumphant/The Heavenly Jerusalem, The Last Things | Leave a comment

Jesu! The Very Thought Is Sweet!

This hymn is used on The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus/Sweetest Name of Jesus in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary and the Sarum Breviary for Vespers and Matins respectively.  This is the text as it … Continue reading

Posted in Breviaries, Christmas, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Evening Prayer / Vespers, Feast of the Sweetest Name of Jesus (Aug. 7 (now defunct)), Hymns By The Greats, Jesus Christ Our Lord, John Mason Neale, Matins/Office of Readings, Non-English Hymns, Offices of the Breviary, Other Feast Days, Roman Breviary, Saints of the Church (Canonized or Beatified), Sarum Breviary, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, The Church Year, The Liturgy of Hours/Breviary, The Liturgy of the Church, The Most Holy Name of Jesus (Jan. 3) | 1 Comment

Why Doth That Impious Herod Fear

This hymn is used for Vespers on Epiphany in both Forms of the Roman Breviary. According to Fr. Caswall in the Lyrica Catholica of 1849, this hymn is also used for Matins on the same Feast. This hymn was also … Continue reading

Posted in Breviaries, Caelius Sedulius, Christmas, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Evening Prayer / Vespers, Hymns By The Greats, John Mason Neale, Matins/Office of Readings, Non-English Hymns, Offices of the Breviary, Roman Breviary, Sarum Breviary, The Church Year, The Epiphany, The Liturgy of Hours/Breviary, The Liturgy of the Church | 1 Comment

A Hymn For Martyrs Sweetly Sing

This is a hymn for the Feast of the Holy Innocents (Dec. 28). This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867): A hymn for Martyrs sweetly sing; For Innocents your praises bring; Of whom in … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Hymns By The Greats, John Mason Neale, Non-English Hymns, Saints of the Church (Canonized or Beatified), St. Bede the Venerable, The Church Year, The Communion of Saints, The Feast Of The Holy Innocents (December 28), The Holy Martyrs | 1 Comment

Again The Lord’s Own Day Is Here

This hymn is for Sunday. This is the text as it appears in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867): Again the Lord’s own Day is here, The Day to Christian people dear, As, week by week, it bids them tell How … Continue reading

Posted in Days of the Week, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Hymns By The Greats, John Mason Neale, Non-English Hymns, Sunday, The Church Year, Thomas à Kempis | 1 Comment

O Trinity, Of Blessèd Light

This hymn is used for Vespers on Saturdays (I Vespers Sunday) throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary. It is used for Vespers on Sundays of Weeks II & IV during Ordinary Time in the Ordinary … Continue reading

Posted in Authorship Debated, Unknown, To Be Determined, Breviaries, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Evening, Evening Prayer / Vespers, Hymns By The Greats, John Mason Neale, Non-English Hymns, Offices of the Breviary, Ordinary Time, Roman Breviary, Sabbath/Saturday, Sarum Breviary, Sunday, The Church Year, The Holy Trinity, The Liturgy of Hours/Breviary, The Liturgy of the Church, Times of Day, Weeks After Epiphany (EF), Weeks after Pentecost (EF) | 1 Comment