Today is the feast of Saint Casimir, a prince of Poland, who devoted his life to the service of God. He angered his father by opposing his wishes and was exiled. An ascetic, he slept on a hard floor and wore plain clothes. Dying at the young age of twenty-five, he gave his name to the Hymn of Saint Casimir:
Daily, daily sing to Mary,
Sing, my soul, her praises due:
All her feasts, her actions honor
With the heart’s devotion true.
Lost in wond’ring contemplation,
Be her majesty confessed:
Call her Mother, call her Virgin,
Happy Mother, Virgin blest.
She is mighty in her pleading,
Tender in her loving care;
Ever watchful, understanding,
All our sorrows she will share.
Advocate and loving mother,
Mediatrix of all grace:
Heaven’s blessings she dispenses
On our sinful human race.
All our graces flow through Mary;
All then join her praise to sing:
Fairest work of all creation,
Mother of creation’s King.
Sing in songs of peace unending,
Call upon her lovingly:
Seat of wisdom, Gate of heaven,
Morning star upon the sea.
Omni die dic Mariae
Mea laudes anima:
Ejus festa, ejus gesta
Contemplare et mirare
Dic felicem genitricem,
Dic beatam Virginem.
Ipsam cole, ut de mole
Criminum te liberet,
Hanc appella, ne procella
Haec persona nobis dona
Haec regina nos divina