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Perenne Lumen in Templo Aeterni – Perpetual Light in the Eternal Temple

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Perenne Lumen in Templo Aeterni

Written by St. Columban (c543-615), abbot. This prayer is found in his Instructio De Compunctione, 12, 2-3 and is used in the Office of the Readings for Tuesday, 28th week of Ordinary time.
O Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and my God, I ask Thee to give me the love that never fails so that my lantern may always be lighted, never failing, burning within me and giving light to others.  
THOU, O Christ, our sweetest Savior, deign to light our lamps so that they may burn forever in Thy temple, may they receive eternal light from Thee, the Eternal Light, and by it may our darkness be illuminated and the darkness of the world dispelled from us.
O my Jesus, I beg Thee to give Thy light to my lantern, so that I may see by its light the Holy of Holies, which has Thee, the eternal High Priest, entering among the great columns of Thy temple. May I see Thee only, look upon Thee, desire Thee; may I gaze lovingly upon Thee alone and before Thee may my lamp always shine, always burn.
MOST Loving Savior, I beseech Thee, be pleased to show Thyself to us who knock,
 that in knowing Thee we may love Thee only, that we may love Thee alone,
that we may desire Thee alone,
that we may meditate day and night on Thee alone,
and that we may always contemplate Thee alone.
Deign to inspire in us as much of Thy love as is fitting to be received by Thee as God, so that our whole being may be occupied by Thy love, so that Thy love may possess us completely, so that it may fill our senses, and so that we may not know any other love but for Thee, Who art eternal.
 May so great a love in us be unable to be extinguished by the many waters of this earth, sea, and sky. Many waters have not been able to extinguish love.
MAY this too be fulfilled in us or at least in part, by Thy gift, our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.  
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Verbum Supernum "The Word of God Proceeding Forth"

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Lanciano, Eucharistic Miracle

Verbum Supernum was written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
in honor of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
at the specific request of Pope Urban IV (1261-1264)
when the Pope established the Feast of Corpus Christi
in 1264.

It is used as a hymn at Lauds on Corpus Christi.
The last two stanzas are used for the hymn O Salutaris Hostia (O Saving Victim).

During adoration this evening, thanking Jesus for remaining with us and sorrowful over
the acts of desecration… recalling the first two lines…

the Word of God proceeding forth,
Yet leaving not the Father’s side.

Jesus, I love you in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I pray everyone will love you.

The word of God, proceeding forth
yet leaving not his Father’s side,
and going to his work on earth
had reached at length life’s eventide.

By false disciple to be given
to foemen, for his blood athirst,
himself, the living Bread from heaven,
he gave to his disciples first.

In twofold form of sacrament
he gave his Flesh, he gave his Blood,
that man, of twofold substance blent,

might wholly feed on mystic food.

In birth man’s fellow-man was he,
his meat while sitting at the board;
he died, his ransomer to be,
he reigns to be his great reward.

O saving Victim! opening wide
the gate of heaven to man below,
our foes press hard on every side,
thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

All praise and thanks to thee ascend
for evermore, blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end
in our true native land with thee.

Source: Treasury of Latin Prayers

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