The Dedication of
St. Michael The Archangel
O Jesu! life-spring of the soul!
The Father`s power and glory bright!
Thee with the angels we extol;
From thee they draw their life and light.
Thy thousand thousand hosts are spread
Embattled o`er the azure sky;
But Michael bears thy standard dread,
And lifts the mighty Cross on high.
He, in that sign, the rebel powers
Did, with their dragon prince, expel;
And hurled them from the heavens` high towers,
Down, like a thunderbolt, to hell.
Grant us, with Michael, still, O Lord,
Against the prince of pride to fight;
So may a crown be our reward,
Before the Lamb`s pure throne of light.
To God the Father praise be done.
Who hath redeemed us through his Son;
Anoints us by the Holy Ghost,
And guards us by the Angel-host.