O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts

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A beautiful setting (in English paraphrase) of the Latin hymn Jesu dulcis memoria, for SATB choir. A cappella, but can also be accompanied. A wonderful, gentle setting. This is a classic text, with many settings by composers, using a variety of translations from the Latin. The "light" reference suggests Epiphany, but this is a great Lenten piece. And consider this for your Maundy Thursday service. Adoramus te, Domine.


O Jesus, joy of loving hearts,
the fount of life and our true light,
we seek the peace your love imparts,
and stand rejoicing in your sight.
Adoramus te, Domine.

For you our restless spirits yearn
where e'er our changing lot is cast;
glad when your presence we discern,
blest, when our faith can hold you fast.
Adoramus te, Domine.

O Jesus, ever with us stay;
make all our moments calm and bright;
oh, turn the dark of night away,
shed o'er the world your holy light.
Adoramus te, Domine.