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Catholic Prayer: Iste Confessor


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Hymn originally composed in honor of St. Martin of Tours.


This the Confessor of the Lord, whose triumph
Now all the faithful celebrate, with gladness
Erst on this feat-day merited to enter
Into his glory.

Saintly and prudent, modest in behavior,
Peaceful and sober, chaste was he, and lowly,
While that life's vigor, coursing through his members,
Quickened his being.

Sick ones of old time, to his tomb resorting,
Sorely by ailments manifold afflicted,
Oft-times have welcomed health and strength returning,
At his petition.

Whence we in chorus gladly do him honor,
Chanting his praises with devout affection,
That in his merits we may have a portion,
Now and forever.

Glory and virtue, honour and salvation,
Be unto him that, sitting in the highest,
Governeth all things, Lord and God Almighty,
Trinity blessed.

Prayer Source: Hymns of the Breviary and Missal by Matthew Britt, Benziger Brothers, 1922