36 A SONG OF THE BLESSED
Beati pauperes

Refrain: Rejoice and be glad
for you are the light of the world,*
and great is your reward in heaven.
1 Blessèd are the poor in spirit,*
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2 Blessèd are those who mourn,*
for they shall be comforted.
3 Blessèd are the meek,*
for they shall inherit the earth.
4 Blessèd are those who hunger
   and thirst for what is right,*
for they shall be satisfied.
5 Blessèd are the merciful,*
for mercy shall be shown to them.
6 Blessèd are the pure in heart,*
for they shall see God.
7 Blessèd are the peacemakers,*
for they shall be called the children of God.
8 Blessèd are those who are persecuted
   for righteousness’ sake,*
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Glory . . . Matthew 5. 3-10
Rejoice and be glad
for you are the light of the world,*
and great is your reward in heaven.