Again We Keep This Solemn Fast

February 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Again we keep this solemn fast
a gift of faith from ages past
This Lent which binds us lovingly
to faith and hope and charity

The law and prophets from of old
in figured ways this Lent foretold
Which Christ, all ages Lord and Guide,
in these last days has sanctified

More sparing, therefore, let us make
the words we speak, the food we take,
our sleep, our laughter — ev’ry sense!
Learn peace through holy penitence.

Let us avoid each harmful way
that lures the careless mind astray
By watchful prayer our spirits free
from scheming of the Enemy

We pray O Blessed Three In One,
our God while endless ages run,
that this our Lent of forty days
may bring us growth and give you praise 

– St. Gregory the Great

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