November 3, 2012

Now at Daylight's Ending

When life's brief daylight ends.

Now At The Daylight's Ending, first published in 1969 was written Fr. James Quinn (1919-2010). In his Obituary, it said that in his final years he accepted the changes brought on by age and illness, and though he was no longer able to continue writing hymns, he started writing jokes and sharing them with everyone who came to visit. Now at Daylight's Ending is set to the Lutheran funeral hymn, Christus Der Ist Mein Leben (1609) by German singer and composer Melchior Vulpius. In the Liturgy of the Hours it is used during Ordinary Time for Night Prayer.

Tune: Christus Der Ist Mein Leben (with introduction)

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