Ave Maria Meditations
Through the tender mercy of our God when the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness…(Lk 1:78-79)
The darkness flees, and dew-kissed earth Sings welcome to the waking day;
Hope holds to Christ the mirror high To catch the Dayspring’s healing ray!
You fill with light this sacred time, Give tears as well to purify;
Give flames of love to purge our hearts; In us your mercy magnify.
The hidden wound whence flow our sins, Wash clean by bathing in the tide;
Remove the things that, of ourselves, We cannot reach, or put aside.
The Day draws near when all re-blooms — Your Day, O Christ, life-giving Lord!
We too will joy, by your right hand From death’s dark tomb to joy restored.
To God, the loving Trinity, Let earth and sky adoring bend;
And evermore from hearts renewed Let songs fresh sprung of praise ascend. Amen.