Hymn for St. Albert the Great

The first verse is a loose translation of the Dominicans’ morning prayer antiphon for the feast of St. Albert the Great. Steal from the best!

Lyrics: Maureen S. O’Brien, 6/19-20/09
Tune: “At That First Eucharist Before He Died” (UNDE ET MEMORES)

By the austerity of life he led,
By the devotion in the prayers he said,
By love of Dominic’s great brotherhood,
And overflowing teaching, wise and good,
St. Albert glorified the Lord on high;
O Lord, through our work, too, be glorified.

In all his study of new books and old
And all of nature that he could behold,
And in his seeking all that God had made,
And in his speaking, calm and unafraid,
St. Albert glorified the Lord on high;
O Lord, through our work, too, be glorified.

He walked all Europe and defended truth,
He taught Aquinas in his silent youth.
Then when his own brain failed, he humbly
Lived with his weakness in obscurity.
St. Albert glorified the Lord on high;
O Lord, through our work, too, be glorified.

For faithfulness throughout the lives we lead,
And for devotion in each prayer and deed,
For love and will to help all those in need,
St. Albert, pray for us, we humbly plead.
St. Albert glorified the Lord on high;
O Lord, through our work, too, be glorified.

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