One of the things we must point out is that we are not having a funeral this week. It is a solemn celebration of the triumph of the Cross over human evil, including our own.
So here is a hymn that we should be singing. The Dominican nuns in my parish are the only Catholic choir I know that sings this favorite hymn of mine, by G. W. Kitchen and M. R. Newbolt.
Lift high the cross,
the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore
his sacred Name.
Come, brethren, follow where our Captain trod,
our King victorious, Christ the Son of God. Refrain
Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine. Refrain
Each newborn soldier of the Crucified
bears on the brow the seal of him who died. Refrain
This is the sign which Satan’s legions fear
and angels veil their faces to rever. Refrain
Saved by this Cross whereon their Lord was slain,
the sons of Adam their lost home regain. Refrain
From north and south, from east and west they raise
in growing unison their songs of praise. Refrain
O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee. Refrain
Let every race and every language tell
of him who saves our souls from death and hell. Refrain
From farthest regions let their homage bring,
and on his Cross adore their Savior King. Refrain
Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease
beneath the shadow of its healing peace. Refrain
For thy blest Cross which doth for all atone
creation’s praises rise before thy throne. Refrain
Lyrics courtesy of the Oremus hymnal.