116. The Priestly Office
From St. Gregory Nazianzen.

IN service o'er the Mystic Feast I stand;
     I cleanse Thy victim-flock, and bring them near
          In holiest wise, and by a bloodless rite.
          O fire of Love! O gushing Fount of Light!
(As best I know, who need Thy pitying Hand)
     Dread office this, bemired souls to clear
          Of their defilement, and again made bright.


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