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Online Edition - March 2006, Vol. XII, No. 1

A Hymn for Lent - Nunc tempus acceptabile

Nunc tempus acceptabile
Fulget datum divinitus,
Ut sanet orbem languidum
Medela parsimoniae.

Christi decoro lumine
Dies salutis emicat,
Dum corda culpis saucia
Reformat abstinentia.

Hanc mente nos et corpore,
Deus, tenere perfice,
Ut appetamus prospero
Perenne pascha transitu.

Te rerum universitas,
Clemens, adoret, Trinitas,
Et nos novi per veniam
Novum canamus canticum.

Amen.

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Today is the accepted time.
Christ’s healing light, the gift divine
Shines forth to save the penitent
To wake the world by means of Lent.

The light of Christ will show the way
That leads to God’s salvation day.
The rigor of this fasting mends
The hearts that hateful sinning rends.

Keep all our minds and bodies true
In sacrifice, O God, to You,
That we may join, when Lents have ceased,
The everlasting Paschal Feast.

Let all creation join to raise
Most gracious Trinity, Your praise.
And when your love has made us new,
May we sing new songs, Lord, to You.

Amen.

Translation © 2006 by Kathleen Pluth

www.canticanova.com/cnp_info/pluth.htm

Translation may be freely copied or printed for private or liturgical use in 2006.

All other use and after 2006 contact Kathleen Pluth for permission.

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