Audi Benigne Conditor

This hymn is used for Vespers on Sundays and Weekdays in Lent from the First Sunday in Lent through Passion Sunday in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary. It is used for Vespers on Sundays in Lent until Holy Week in the Ordinary Form. It was used for Vespers during Lent from Ash Wednesday to Passion Sunday in the Paris Breviary (1736). It was used for Lauds during the first three weeks on Lent in the Sarum Breviary.

Audi, benigne Conditor,
Nostras preces cum fletibus,
Sacrata in abstinentia
Fusas quadragenaria.

Scrutator alme cordium,
Infirma tu scis virium;
Ad te reversis exhibe
Remissionis gratiam.

Multum quidem peccavimus,
Sed parce confitentibus,
Tuique laude nominis
Confer medelam languidis.

Sic corpus extra conteri
Dona per abstinentiam,
Ieiunet ut mens sobria
A labe prorsus criminum.

Præsta, beata Trinitas,
Concede, simplex Unitas,
Ut fructuosa sint tuis
Hæc parcitatis munera. Amen.

Words: Pope St. Gregory the Great (I), 6th Century.
Tune:Audi Benigne Conditor” Gregorian Chant, Tone II, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

This hymn takes the following form in Pope Urban VIII’s 1632 reform of the Breviary:

Audi, benigne Conditor,
Nostras preces cum fletibus,
In hoc sacro ieiunio
Fusas quadragenario.

Scrutator alme cordium,
Infirma tu scis virium;
Ad te reversis exhibe
Remissionis gratiam.

Multum quidem peccavimus,
Sed parce confitentibus,
Ad nominis laudem tui
Confer medelam languidis.

Concede nostrum conteri
Corpus per abstinentiam,
Culpæ ut relinquant pabulam
Ieiuna corda criminum.

Præsta, beata Trinitas,
Concede, simplex Unitas,
Ut fructuosa sint tuis
Ieiuniorum munera. Amen.

This hybrid version using mostly Urban VIII’s alterations but using the original fourth verse was used in the Paris Breviary of 1736:

Audi, benigne Conditor,
Nostras preces cum fletibus,
In hoc sacro ieiunio
Fusas quadragenario.

Scrutator alme cordium,
Infirma tu scis virium;
Ad te reversis exhibe
Remissionis gratiam.

Multum quidem peccavimus,
Sed parce confitentibus,
Ad nominis laudem tui
Confer medelam languidis.

Sic corpus extra conteri
Dona per abstinentiam,
Ieiunet ut mens sobria
A labe prorsus criminum.

Præsta, beata Trinitas,
Concede, simplex Unitas,
Ut fructuosa sint tuis
Ieiuniorum munera. Amen.

This the text of the hymn as it appeared in the Sarum Breviary:

Audi, benigne Conditor,
Nostras preces cum fletibus,
In hoc sacro ieiunio
Fusas quadragenario.

Scrutator alme cordium,
Infirma Tu scis virium;
Ad Te reversis exhibe
Remissionis gratiam.

Multum quidem peccavimus,
Sed parce confitentibus,
Ad laudem Tui nominis
Confer medelam languidis.

Sic corpus extra conteri
Dona per abstinentiam,
Ieiunet ut mens sobria
A labe prorsus criminum.

Præsta, beata Trinitas,
Concede, simplex Unitas,
Ut fructuosa sint tuis
Ieiuniorum munera. Amen.

This Hymn has been translated into English as the following:
O Merciful Creator Hear
Thou Gracious Author of Our Days
Thou Loving Maker of Mankind
O Merciful Creator! Hear (Drummond)

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