Ecce Iam Noctis

This hymn is for Lauds on Sundays from Epiphany until Lent and from the Octave of Pentecost to September 28 in the Extraordinary Form. In the Ordinary Form, this hymn is for Lauds/Morning Prayer on Sundays II & IV in Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form.

Ecce iam noctis tenuatur umbra
Lucis aurora rutilans coruscat;
Nisibus totis rogitemus omnes
Cunctipotentem.

Ut Deus, nostri miseratus, omnem
Pellat angorem, tribuat salutem,
Donet et nobis pietate patris
Regna polorum.

Praestet hoc nobis Deitas beata
Patris ac Nati, pariterque Sancti
Spiritus, cuius resonat per omnem
Gloria mundum. Amen.

Words: Attr. Pope St. Gregory the Great (I), 6th C.*
Tune:Ecce Iam Noctis” Gregorian Chant, Mode IV, traditional.

*The Liber Hymnarius indicates the author may be Alcuin (8th C.).

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

Ecce iam noctis tenuatur umbra
Lux et aurorae rutilans coruscat:
Supplices rerum Dominum canora
Voce precemur.

Ut reos culpae miseratus, omnem
Pellat angorem, tribuat salutem,
Donet et nobis sempiternae
Munera pacis.

Praestet hoc nobis Deitas beata
Patris ac Nati, pariterque Sancti
Spiritus, cuius resonat per omnem
Gloria mundum. Amen.

This hymn is translated into English as the following:
Lo, Fainter Now Lie Spread the Shades of Night
Now When the Dusky Shades of Night

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