Now let us all with one accord,
In fellowship with ages past,
Keep vigil with our heavenly Lord,
In his temptation and his fast.
The covenant so long revealed
To faithful men in former time,
Christ by his own example sealed;
The Lord of love, in love sublime.
Remember, Lord, though frail we be,
By your own kind hand were we made;
And help us, lest our frailty,
Cause your great name to be betrayed.
Hear us, O Trinity sublime,
And undivided unity;
So let this consecrated time
Bring forth its fruit abundantly.
St. Gregory the Great 540-604