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Friday Morning Hymn from the Mundelein Psalter

June 16, 2011 by  
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Friday Morning Hymn

Friday Morning Hymn

Deus, qui caeli lumen

O God the lamp of heaven high
and source of light: your shining hand
unrolls the banner of the sky,
upholding it above the land.

Dawn, casting up a crimson tide,
has veiled the stars that saw its rise;
the morning breezes, far and wide,
with dewy breath the earth baptize.

The darkness from the sky has gone
as nightly shadows pass away;
the morning star, sign of the Son,
arising, wakes the sleepy day.

O God, O radiance wonderful ,
most glorious day and fairest light:
one God, in all things powerful,
Three Persons, matchless in one might!

To you, our Savior, brightest, best,
on bended knee our prayer we raise;
to Father and to Spirit blest,
with all our power, we offer praise. Amen.

Friday Morning Hymn from the Mundelein Psalter

Friday Morning Hymn from the Mundelein Psalter

From the Mundelein Psalter…click here to see our post on this new Psalter.

The Mundelein Psalter contains the approved English translation of the breviary with texts annotated, or “pointed”, for singing and chanting.  This Friday Morning Hymn, Deus, qui caeli lumen, was translated by Father Thomas Buffer and was found on

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Hickey Christine

    The Lord is awakening me around 5 :30 AM (here in Ohio) and I’ve been able to see the Dawn and I feel such joy in my heart and thankfulness for another new day. This prayer expresses it beautifully! I intend to use it for the next new Dawn.

  • faithful123

    Sounds so much better than the secular words: “thank God it’s Friday”

    Seriously, the last verse —

    To you, our Savior, brightest, best,

    on bended knee our prayer we raise;

    to Father and to Spirit blest,

    with all our power, we offer praise. Amen.If only our nation’s workforce started each day with these words in their heart. I’m sorry I feel this way, but my heart has been saddened by the experience of working is in this the 21st century. It is a culture of belief only in the almighty dollar and me myself and I. And that goesfor employers and employees equally…and the reason most companiesare failing. I write this only with the hope those who can influence that working worldout there – those who own businesses and those who work in them, willhear a ‘call’ to bring God back to the daily work (quality and pride of work and meek and humble and quiet ways – amongst those who attempttry to push the good from their midst … so as to do things their way.Don’t be fooled…the attitude that brought about the break up of many a marital union is now being done ‘in the workplace.’ (my opinion) ie: whenfolks don’t want other folks in their midst – in ‘adult sophistication’ theybegin to nit pick, or try to pick fights constantly, or ‘shut down’ communicating… all to get the other to get mad…and when the othergets mad…then they justify ‘the hate in them’ – proving it was ‘the other’causing their distress. (The other, of course, wasn’t guilty at all and afterhe or she leaves the scene… that real problem one is no better or happierand continues to spread the discontent) The problem is lack of God inthe problem one.The ‘divorce’ epidemic that broke family unity is now being used in office and other work enviironments, all so ‘some’ can have ‘a life unto themselves’ without feeling ‘the offense’ to their conscience they feel from seeing go(o)d in front of them. Marriage or Work both aspects oflife involve the need for cooperative spirits. If God isn’t a part of the dayfrom the early dawn til the late evening; irreconcilable human differenceswill arise. Please allow me this post, to make other good persons aware and thusknow ‘what’ the enemy is about. The devil tries to steal the livlihood awayfrom the good; and it is the devil’s hope…the good then turn fully awayfrom their light and hope that brings abundant living.

    • Hickey Christine

      Dear Faithful,

      The workplace is a hazardous place for many Christians who are trying to do what is right and true. My husband was just terminated from his job of almost eight years for an unjust reason. I had told him long ago that his boss was no friend of his. Now we will have to struggle with the Unemployment System just to get benefits.

      He even had a Union Contract and their Representatives did little to save his job. No cooperative spirit there. No one stood up for him.

      My husband had good relationships with most of his fellow employees and his customers. He is not one to confront or complain…truly turns the other cheek. So he went out quietly… It seems that some people hate someone with integrity and Satan used his boss very effectively.

      God allowed this, so I know He will bring good from it, for his faithful son.

      In His Love,  Christine

      • faithful123

        Thank you, Christine; your husband did it right. Though no human other he worked with will acknowledge him; your husband acknowledged GOD by not acting ‘as the world’ (demanding rights, arguing, or threatening) As He said “any who acknowledge ME before others, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.” We don’t have to verbally acknowledge Christ; but in the manner with which we are different from the world, we do.

        My case scenario was that of being undermined, bullied, intimidated and left out of the loop by a person who came in to the 3 person dept. I was part of; 5 weeks after I did. (we were equally new, this one had an office; but she wasn’t one I reported to per se) But she knew, by reason of office…I could not ‘question’ her and if I asked her questions; she got belligerant (in short she was always attempting to ‘pick a fight’ so I’d look the lesser than; if I bit at her bait. I was between a rock and hard place
        because had I went to ‘the boss’ – then I’d be called complainer.) After almost 3 years – she ranted again, I asked ‘the one in charge’ why the
        tone; I was told so and so did nothing wrong. (it was the emotional game
        playing; all I asked was why that tone and instead of responding the
        boss uses emotions back to throw me off)

        … The management at first tried to ‘protect’ themselves; get me to sign
        something that “I” would no longer be ‘offensive’ as they claimed I was.
        Of course I wouldn’t sign what wasn’t true. That was the hardest part
        to get over. After 3 years of good work and never getting rebuked for
        bad work, they tried to do that.

        The best thing that could happen to your husband is that he’s free
        of such place and that he left quietly. This will give him reference if
        he needs such. (someone suggested I ask my boss for reference
        letter; and I was given one… how ’bout that? and glowing it was!!)
        As long as there was no bad performance, he will get unemployment
        (and it does get extended awhile) If you are working, that’s a plus.
        Maybe God wants your husband to ‘re-train’ for something? Maybe
        CDL license (commercial driver’s license) to drive a delivery van,
        maybe he can work in plumbing or in an auto shop if he’s good with
        fixing things. Men have it a bit easier, I think, finding employ; if they
        can do with the hands. Stay in the truth… and ‘forget’ (not easy, I
        know) ‘forget’ the past boss. Use unemployment honestly (as a
        good Christian, I know you will) and pay attention to the little things
        that ‘lead’ … maybe a chance encounter with someone he once
        worked for, maybe he feels prompted to go to a former employer
        to talk about possibly coming back, maybe he’d like to take a
        2 year course somewhere (unemployment may allow him to
        collect while attending school) If you can manage even without a
        job … IT SPEAKS VOLUMES to eyes and ears who want to see
        and hear of God who always led you in the good times so that in
        the bad times – you are still ok. (Phillippians 4 11 – 13 is good to
        keep in mind in prayerful reflection)

      • faithful123

        Thanks Christine; for the supportive words. Not to worry, in going out quietly without fuss or demand for ‘rights’ …your husband ‘carried his cross’ as Christ carried his cross. Though no humans acknowledged his actions – your husband acknowledged Christ (let they who have eyes to see – see) In the words of Christ: Any who acknowledge me before men
        I will acknowledge before my heavenly father. This is what it means to acknowledge Him.

        Not with fist raised in proclaiming one’s ‘rights’ or with angry protest, or in any legal claims in civil courts. All that is the world’s way. “If any will not accept you; shake the dust and leave that place.” Quietly. Thank you and your husband…for showing me how it really is to go. (not easy; especially when we know we did not deserve the treatment they gave us)

        I’m sure your husband will be employed again; I’ll say a prayer on that.

  • Guest

    From this wonderful Website, I copied this Blessings-filled Prayer last year and I pray it every Friday. Who can wonder why we love this Website so much. God bless you all

  • Christophermoran2000

    thank you… very nice.

  • Elisa Maria Argiro

    Very beautiful~ I would like to see the original~

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  • Ana

    Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you very much

  • Christophermoran2000

    I look at trees and their innocent beauty. They live. As “the gentle breeze” touches them, they move… but cannot move from their place and need the assistance of their Creator to grow and respond to the breeze and both Sun and Moon, at one with all that exists. I love trees, always have, I don’t believe I have ever dismissed their value on either a spiritual or physical level. The Good Lord was nailed to a tree. Trees offer heat when burned, and shade while living, they are home of birds and others. The homes we live in are made from trees, the paper we write on, the pages we turn… all from trees. Needless to say, a Native American would understand what I just wrote, completely, i.e., no need to ask any question of me.
    I guess if I were not Catholic, I would not be Christian, I would have Native American beliefs. Native Americans experience the Divine through ALL that is without sin, i.e. Nature.
    Please forgive this mini-tangent… but I can’t let the “natural” aspect of this prayer, this Deus, qui caeli lumen to pass. The Canticle of St. Francis just came to mind, and I’m sure others will follow. Jesus is ALL. The majesty of all that God has Created… just awesome. I didn’t have to exist, we didn’t have to exist, now how miraculous is that?
    I just watched a beautiful sunsent, and all I could think to do was bow my head in awe and great respect and say: “my compliments to the technical director.”

    • faithful123

      Nicely put. I like the part about experiencing the divine through all that without sin (nature) it says what the Nicene Creed says (our faith profession) * Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation.

      I came to the same idea you have about trees. God made trees; and they
      shelter us, give us beauty in autumn, shade us from heat, provide good things for us. God made the tree…ahhh but ‘man’ made ‘the cross’

      Man cut down good and and in so doing made the cross of suffering.

      • Christophermoran2000

        True enough. Good of you to remind me. It is always good to remember and never forget the price He paid, as Paul states: “…I made up my mind to forget everything except Jesus Christ and especially his death on the cross” (Corinthians 2: 2). Although, I personally believe the kiss of Judas, his “friend,” was far more painful (in a number of ways) than the execution, a huge insult to Love itself – I don’t believe one could offend God more. Leave it to evil to take something of beauty (a tree), and turn it into something that horrific.

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