St. Philomena – Star of Heaven
Hidden to the human eyes,
tortured in Rome in mysterious time.
Sweet creature, you had your tomb
in the dark caves of the catacomb.
You gave all the passionate throbs of your heart
to Jesus, your only love.
O pure soul, the world was pagan,
crude persecutor to every Christian.
Salvation you saw in the Holy Cross,
and for It you faced atrocious death.
Unknown Martyr, among the Saints you flew,
candid lily among the angels praised.
Radiant Virgin among the Martyrs in Heaven,
God would dissolve the veil that made you hidden to human eyes.
Jesus Christ, supreme priest, chose you
to alleviate each hour the human pains.
Come to those who invoke you,
spread the divine favors, be they poor, Popes or great Kings.
Star of Heaven, young Martyr,
In the land of Mugnano you founded your cradle.
Bless those who venerate you, help us all:
You shine, o Philomena, in Heaven amongst the Saints!
Written by Giuseppe Boccia