November 22: A Hymn to St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr copyright J. Michael Thompson, 2000. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
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suggested tune: RHOSYMEDRE
O God of tune and rhyme,
Whose song the world has made,
Whose Word, before all time,
The universe displayed:
We praise in song this woman's fame,
Who, in the face of death and shame,
Gave glory to her Savior's Name.
O Christ, who summoned all
To follow in Your way,
That we might bear our cross
And live in endless day:
We thank you for Cecilia's stand;
And trusting in Your loving hand,
We too will sin and death withstand.
O Spirit, Lord of life,
Whose gifts all faith maintain,
Your leading through earth's strife
Lets us Your heav'n attain.
Grant us firm faith that, as did she,
We follow You, O Wind most free,
That Christians true we e'er may be.
O Trinity, One God,
O Source of music's art,
Guide us through ways untrod
Until, within Your heart,
With all Your saints and angels' throng
We live with You; and there prolong
Our endless alleluia song.