Sunday, 11 December 2016

Nata Lux de Lumine

Madonna of the Rose Bower ~ ca. 1435 – 1440/1442
(Painting by Stefan Lochner [ca. 1400/1410 – 1451])
(Wallraf-Richartz-Museum | Cologne, Germany)
Image courtesy of: The Red List

O nata lux de lumine,
Jesu redemptor saeculi,
dignare clemens supplicum
laudes preces que sumere.

Qui carne quondam contegi
dignatus es pro perditis.
Nos membra confer effici,
tui beati corporis.


O Light from Light, resplendent birth,
Jesus redeemer of the earth,
in mercy grant us this reprieve:
our prayers and praises to receive.

Thou who in flesh didst once appear
to set souls free from sin and fear:
gather us all, O Lord we plea,
in thy blest Body, one with thee.

Madonna of Humility ~ ca. 1430
(Painting by Fra Angelico [Florentine, ca. 1395 – 1455])
(National Gallery of Art | Washington, D.C.)
Image courtesy of: The Living Church

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