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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Author Bio Information

Clairvaux, Bernard of's bio information

Sunday, November 24, 1090 - Friday, August 14, 1153

Born: 1091, in his father’s castle at Les Fontaines (near Dijon), Burgundy.
Died: August 21, 1153, Clairvaux, France.

Bernard’s father Tecelin was a knight and vassal of the Duke of Burgundy. Bernard was educated at Chatillon, where he was distinguished by his studious and meditative habits. He entered the monastery of Citeaux (the first Cistercian institution) in 1113. Two years later, he was sent, with 12 other monks, to found a daughter monastery in the Valley of Wormwood, about four miles from the Abbey of La Ferté, on the Aube. He rose to eminence in Church politics, and became embroiled in the papal schisms of the 12th Century. He was well known in Rome, and founded 163 monasteries throughout Europe. The Catholic Encyclopedia carries a large article on him.

Bernard was a man of exceptional piety and spiritual vitality. Martin Luther, 400 years later, called him, “the best monk that ever lived, whom I admire beyond all the rest put together.”


Jesu dulcis memoria
Jesu! The Very Thought is Sweet!
Jesu, Thy Mercies Are Untold
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
O Hope of Every Contrite Heart
O Jesus, King Most Wonderful
Of Him Who Did Salvation Bring
Salve caput cruentatum
O Glavo Puna Rana
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Roi Couvert de Blessures
Wide Open Are Thy Hands


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