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COR, ARCA LEGEM CONTINENS / Sacred Heart

LAUDS HYMN OF THE SACRED HEART
Anon. 18th c. / Adapt. from a Slovak melody

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COR, ARCA LEGEM CONTINENS


1 Cor, arca legem cóntinens,
Non servitútis véteris,
Sed grátiae, sed véniae,
Sed et misericórdiae.
O Heart, Thou ark containing the Law, not of the old servitude, but of grace, and indulgence, and also of mercy.
2 Cor, sanctuárium novi
Intemerátum foéderis,
Templum vetústo sánctius,
Velúmque scísso utílius.
O Heart, Thou spotless sanctuary of the new covenant, Thou Temple, holier than the ancient one, And Veil, more profitable than that torn (of old.)
3 Te vulnerátum cáritas
Ictu paténti voluit,
Amóris invisíbilis
Ut venerémur vúlnera.
Charity willed Thee (to be) wounded; by the (spear) thrust opened, that we might venerate the wounds of an invisible love.
6 Jesu, tibi sit glória,
Qui corde fundis grátiam,
Cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
In sempitérna saécula.
O Jesus, to Thee be glory, Who pourest grace from Thy heart, with the Father and the loving Spirit into everlasting ages.
* Amen. Amen.


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