Saint Casimir

 KazimierasThe ‘miraculous’ painting of Saint Casimir, showing the saint with three hands

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
Cole devotissima.

Contemplare et mirare
Ejus celsitudinem:
Dic felicem genitricem,
Dic beatam Virginem.

Ipsam cole, ut de mole
Criminum te liberet,
Hanc appella, ne procella
Vitiorum superet.

Haec persona nobis dona
Contulit coelestia;
Haec regina nos divina
Illustravit gratia.


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