Regnator Orbis Summus Et Arbiter

This hymn was used as the hymn for Lauds on the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels (October 2) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Regnator orbis summus et arbiter,
Cui prona servit curia cælitum;
Quæ voce sola tu creasti,
Perpetua regis ipse cura.

Nobis fideles providus Angelos
Missos olympo suppeditas duces,
Qui nos tot obsessos periclis
Incolumes sine labe servent;

Ne nos malignis fraudibus occupet*,
Incauta fallat pectora subdolus
Suasor malorum; ne redemptam
Abripiat lanietque prædam.

Laus summa Patri, summaque Filio;
Tibique compar gloria, Spiritus,
Qui per salutis tot ministros
Das patrias remeare sedes. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 11.11.9.10

*This word is “occupans” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

Here is the original text of this hymn from Fr. de Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi of 1689:

Regnator orbis, summus et arbiter,
Cui prona servit curia cælitum,
Verbo creasti quæ magistro,
Perpetua regis ipse cura.

Nobis fideles providus Angelos
Missos olympo suppeditas duces,
Qui nos tot obsessos periclis
Incolumes sine labe servent;

Ne nos malignis fraudibus occupans,
Incauta fallat pectora subdolus
Suasor malorum, neve captet
Illecebra male blandienti.

Laus summa Patri, summaque Filio;
Tibique compar gloria, Spiritus,
Qui per salutis tot ministros
Das patrias remeare sedes.

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Descende Cælo Te Michael Vocat

Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae of the 19th Century lists this as the hymn used  for Nocturns on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (September 29) in the Paris Breviary.

Descende cælo: te Michael vocat
Quæ festa terris te celebrat dies:
Ne vota spernas, Christianæ
Grande decus columenque gentis.

Adstas minister tu propior throno,
Mandata promptus Numinis exsequi,
Te qui fideles perstitere
Aligeri, duce gloriantur.

Illustre sit fas dicere prœlium;
Sit fas triumpho plaudere nobili
Quo dissipati perduelles
Æthereis cecidere regnis.

Movere bellum pacis in atriis
Insanus ardet Lucifer, et polo
Parare dementes ruinas
Atque Dei solio minari.

Invadit idem mille acies furor;
Fervent tumultu sidera: grandium
Dux magne bellorum, Tonantis
Iura datur tibi vindicare.

Hac fulguranti voce, Quis ut Deus?
Pellis superbos: strenuus impies
Vexare turmas, et rebelles
Perpetuis religare flammis.

Sit laus Parenti, qui creat Angelos;
Per quem triumphant gloria Filio:
Quo roborantur laus sit almo
Spiritui: tribus una semper. Amen.

Words: Anonymous, Paris Breviary, ca. 19th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 11.11.9.10

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Mille Quem Stipant Solio Sedentem

This hymn was used as the hymn for Lauds on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (September 29) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Mille, quem stipant solio sedentem
Corporis puræ sine mole mentes,
Christe, quos fuso tibi consecrasti
Sanguine, serva.

Quas tenent celsas super astra sedes,
Spiritus, nobis quoque præparasti,
Ut viam monstrent, socios fideles
Providus addis.

Qui Dei numquam temeranda iura
Vindicat sacris metuendas armis,
Prompta perdendos Michael in hostes
Arma ministret.

Nuntius felix melioris ævi,
Fausta qui mundo Gabriel tulisti,
Creber e cælo venias, amica
Nuntia portans.

Corporis morbos, tenebrasque mentis
Pelle, divinas medicus per artes,
Qui seni cæco, Raphael, dedisti,
Cernere solem.

Gratias Regi superum canamus,
Fonte de cuius bona cuncta manant:
Quem fides veri studiosa Trinum
Credit et Unum. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 11.11.11.5

Here is the original text of this hymn from Fr. de Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi of 1689:

Mille, quem stipant solio sedentem
Corporis puræ sine mole mentes,
Christe, quos fuso tibi consecrasti
Sanguine, serva.

Quas tenent celsas super astra sedes,
Spiritus, nobis quoque præparasti,
Ut viam monstrent, Socios fideles
Providus addis.

Qui Dei nunquam temeranda iura
Vindicat sacris animosus armis,
Prompta perdendos Michaël in hostes
Arma ministret.

Nuntius felix melioris ævi,
Fausta qui mundo Gabriel tulisti,
Creber e cælo venias, amica
Nuntia portans.

Corporis morbos, tenebrasque mentis
Pelle, divinas medicus per artes
Qui seni cæco Raphaël dedisti,
Cernere Solem.

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Christe Qui Sedes Olympo

This hymn was used as the hymn for Vespers I & II and Nocturns on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (September 29) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Christe, qui sedes olympo,
Par Deo Patri Deus,
Quem tremiscunt intuendo
Puriores Spiritus:
Da choris iunctos supernis
Ore puro psallere.

Inter omnes fulguranti
Ense victor emicat,
Qui draconis insolentem
Contudit ferociam,
De polo trusit rebellem
In profunda tartara.

Dum superbum sternis hostem,
Intonas: Quis ut Deus?
Obstinata turba præceps
Clade communi ruit:
Te triumphantem coronat
Qui tibi dat vincere.

Tu decore vincis omnes,
Alitum pulcherrime:
Assides Deo propinquus,
Consili tu particeps;
Astra claudis et recludis,
Nosque sistis Iudici.

Te tremendo poscat æger
Mortis in luctamine;
Advolantis efficacem
Sentiet præsentiam;
Corporis vinclis solutum
Mox ad astra transferes.

Sit suprema laus Parenti,
Qui creavit omnia:
Filioque qui redemit
Morte nos volens sua:
Par et illi, cuius almo
Confovemur halitu. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 87.87.87

Here is the original text of this hymn from Fr. de Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi of 1689:

Christe, summi Rex olympi,
Par Deo Patri Deus,
Quem tremiscunt intuendo
Sanctiores Spiritus.
Purus es, da mente pura,
Ore puro psallere.

Quotquot adstant, sempiternum
Qui tribunal ambiunt,
Hi tot ardent imperantis
Ferre iussa præpetes:
Ire terris, et redire,
Sacra per commercia.

Inter omnes fulguranti
Ense victor emicat,
Qui draconis insolentem
Contudit ferociam.
De polo trusit rebellem
In profunda Tartara.

Dum superbum sternis hostem,
Intonas: Quis ut Deus!
Obstinata turba præceps
Clade communi ruit:
Te triumphantem coronat,
Qui tibi dat vincere.

Tu decore vincis omnes,
Alitum pulcherrime:
Assides Deo propinquus,
Consili tu particeps;
Astra claudis et recludis,
Nosque sistis iudici.

Te tremendo poscat æger
Mortis in luctamine,
Advolantis efficacem
Sentiet præsentiam.
Lance pendis non fevera
Luce functi crimina.

Sit suprema laus Parenti,
Qui creavit omnia:
Filioque qui redemit
Morte nos volens sua:
Par et illi, cuius almo
Recreamur halitu.

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Lignum Crucis Mirabile

This hymn was used as the hymn for Nocturns on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Lignum Crucis mirabile
Totum per orbem prominet,
In qua pependit innocens
Christus, Redemptor omnium.

Hanc nulla cedrus arborem
Adæquat alto vertice,
Quæ poma nescit noxia,
Sed ferre vitæ præmia.

Tu, Christe, Rex piissime,
Huius Crucis signaculo,
Diebus, horis omnibus,
Munire nos non abnuas.

Ut lingua cordi consona,
Comesque cordis puritas,
Laudis tibi perenniter
Munus rependat debitum.

Qui per crucem nos liberas,
Fili, tibi laus maxima
Cum Patre; nec tibi minor
Laus, utriusque Spiritus. Amen.

Words: Fr. Charles Guyet, S.J., 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

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Intrante Christo Bethanicam Domum

This hymn was used as the hymn for Vespers II on the Feast of Sts. Lazarus, Mary and Martha (September 2) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Intrante Christo Bethanicam domum,
Curramus omnes: hospite splendidam
Simone cœnam preparante,
Tam celebrem penetremus aulam.

Hic dum ministrat Martha celer gradu,
Fraterque lætas assidet ad dapes;
Maria, Christo tu fragranti
Vasa reples pretiosa nardo.

Pedes inungens, tergere crinibus
Gaudes; liquorem fundis et in caput;
Et, vase fracto mox inundans,
Tecta novo recreas odore.

Sed cur iniquo dente lacesseris,
Dum gloriosis obsequiis vacas?
Unguenta fundens, antevertis
Exequias morientis Agni.

Quantum per orbem Christiadum fides
Diffusa vastas subiiciet plagas,
Tantum Mariæ grande factum
Per populos resonabit omnes.

Laus summa Patri, summaque Filio:
Sanctoque compar gloria Flamini;
Quo dante, iam nunc sponsa Christi
Perpetua fruitur quiete. Amen.

Words: Fr. Simon Gourdan, C.R.S.A., (1646-1729).
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 11.11.9.10

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Panditur Saxo Tumulus Remoto

This hymn was used as the hymn for Lauds on the Feast of Sts. Lazarus, Mary and Martha (September 2) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Panditur saxo tumulus remoto:
Intimos clamor penetrat recessus;
Et Deum sentit docili iubentem
Aure cadaver.

Proh stupor! notas repetit medullas
Spiritus; cæcam pedibus revinctus
Dum viam carpit, sibimet superstes
Prodit et hæres.

Ipsa sic ruptis inimica vinclis
Mors fugit, vinci patiens: futuris
Summa præludit tua sic triumphis,
Christe, potestas.

*Ut Patrem semper pia Spiritumque
Omne plebs tecum celebret per ævum,
Christe, credentes animas secundæ
Eripe morti. Amen.

*This closing doxology is absent from the text of this hymn in Fr. de Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi of 1689.

Words: Claude de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 11.11.11.5

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