O Sun of Justice (fill our hearts)

This hymn was translated from a 6th century Latin text by Dominican priest Frank C Quinn.  It has been used in both Canada and New Zealand.   The current copyright status is unknown. It is not the same as "O Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ" - another translation by Peter J Scagnelli.

With meter 8 8 8 8, tunes it has been set to include:
  • ROCKINGHAM, adpt Edward Miller

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O sun of Justice, fill our hearts,
Where sinfulness has bought decay;
Dispel the darkness of our souls
As now the night gives place to day.

Make this a fitting time for us,
A time to change and turn to you;
Please hear our prayer, most patient Lord,
Repentance in our hearts renew.

As spring awakes the frozen earth,
So Easter blooms from lent's restraints.
Rejoice! for Christ will conquer death.
And bring his grace to make us saints.

So sanctify our penance, Lord,
That strengthened by the graces won,
We may amend our sinful lives
And toward our goal more surely run.

O everlasting Trinity,
We soon shall see that day of days
When all creation, born again,
Will sing an Easter song of praise.

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