A Catholic Prayer in Praise of the Saints
How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord which you give us for our eternal well-being. Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God in the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you, bright with their abundant faith; They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments, they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you who were grounded deep within their hearts; they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace, may we rejoice forever with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness, grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.
Unknown author, 10th century