Ark that saved the world again

Daily Reading for September 14 • Holy Cross Day

Lofty Tree, bend down your branches

To embrace your sacred load:

Oh, relax the native tension

Of that all too rigid wood;

Gently, gently bear the members

Of your dying King and God.

Tree which solely was found worthy

Earth’s great Victim to sustain,

Harbor from the raging tempest,

Ark, that saved the world again,

Tree with sacred Blood anointed

Of the Lamb for sinners slain.

Honor, blessing everlasting

To the immortal Deity:

To the Father, Son and Spirit

Equal praises ever be:

Glory through the earth and heaven

To Trinity in Unity. Amen.

Adapted from The Short Breviary, quoted in The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle (New York: Doubleday, 2000).

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