“O Good Cross, Long Desired”

Bl. John Cornelius’ last words quoted a famous passage from the breviary for St. Andrew’s Day. Since I’d never heard it before, here it is in Bishop Challoner’s translation, from A Manual of Prayers and Other Christian Devotions:

“When blessed Andrew was come to the place where the Cross was prepared for him, he cried out and said,

O good Cross, long desired, and now ready for my longing mind,

I come to thee secure and joyful;

Do thou also joyfully receive me, the Disciple of him who hung upon thee.


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