Now Doth The Fiery Sun Decline

This hymn is used for Vespers on Saturdays (I Vespers Sunday) throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Vespers on Sundays of Weeks II & IV during Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form. This hymn is also used for Vespers on Trinity Sunday.

Now doth the fiery sun decline: —
Thou, Unity Eternal! shine;
Thou, Trinity, thy blessings pour,
And make our hearts with love run o’er.

Thee in the hymns of morn we praise;
To Thee our voice at eve we raise;
Oh, grant us, with thy Saints on high,
Thee through all time to glorify.

Praise to the Father, with the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One;
As ever was in ages past,
And shall be so while ages last.

Words: Attr. St. Ambrose*, 4th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune:O Lux Beata Trinitas” Gregorian Chant, Tone VIII, traditional.

*The Liber Hymnarius records an anonymous authorship dated to the 7th or 8th C.

The original Latin text may be found here.


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