Since moving to my new parish I have heard and sung a classic Catholic hymn, called “O Lord, I Am Not Worthy.” I hadn’t heard this hymn since my childhood. The lyrics that I learned in my childhood included these four verses.
O Lord, I am not worthy that thou should’st come to me;
But speak the word of comfort, my spirit healed shall be.
And humbly I’ll receive thee, the bridegroom of my soul,
No more by sin to grieve thee or fly thy sweet control.
Eternal Holy Spirit, unworthy though I be,
Prepare me to receive him and trust the Word to me.
Increase my faith, dear Jesus, in thy real presence here,
And make me feel most deeply that thou to me art near.
This was one of the hymns that my brother, sister, and I sang with our dad as part of our bedtime ritual. I remember asking, “Dad, what does ‘bridegroom of my soul’ mean?” Dad explained that Jesus is the bridegroom who loves you and comes to you in Holy Communion. Your soul is like Jesus’ bride. You love Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. He makes his home with you in your soul.
Dad’s explanation made sense to me and I looked forward to the day of my First Holy Communion.
Do you remember the family rituals and lessons that helped you grow in understanding of your faith?