In the name of the eternal Father and of his only begotten Son Christ Jesus,of the splendor of the Father’s glory, for love of whom,with jubilation of heart, I cry, saying to his most refined servants and spouses:Let every lover who loves the LordCome to the dance singing of love,Let her come dancing all afireDesiring only him who created herAnd separated her from the dangerous worldly state.
This is intriguing; I must admit that when I come across hymns about dancing, etc.,
I usually roll my eyes and sigh. They remind me of those occasions I had to endure
being at some conference or meeting that had plenty of bad liturgical music.
I can't imagine St. Thomas writing hymns about dancing.
His Eucharistic hymns are more my style.
But this poetic beginning of St. Catherine's work is so evocative and beautiful--dancing all afire.
This Catherine is another saint worth getting to know.