Aurora Lucis Rutilat

This hymn is broken into three parts historically. In the Extraordinary Form the first part is used for Lauds in Eastertide from Low Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday) until Ascension; the second part is used for Vespers and Matins for the Commons of the Apostles in Eastertide; and the third part is used for Lauds and throughout the hours for the Commons of the Apostles in Eastertide.

PARS I,

Aurora lucis rutilat,
Coelum laudibus intonat,
Mundus exultans iubilat,
Gemens infernus ululat.

Cum Rex ille fortissimus,
Mortis confractis viribus,
Pede conculcans tartara
Solvit a poena miseros.

Ille, qui clausus lapide,
Custoditur sub milite,
Triumphans pompa nobili
Victor surgit de funere.

Solutis iam gemitibus
Et inferni doloribus,
Quia surrexit Dominus
Resplendens clamat angelus.

PARS II

Tristes erant apostoli
De nece sui Domini,
Quem poena mortis crudeli
Servi damnarunt impii.

Sermone blando angelus
praedixit mulieribus,
“In Galilaea Dominus
videndus est quantocius”

Illae dum pergunt concite
apostolis hoc dicere,
videntes eum vivere
osculant pedes Domini.

Quo agnito discipuli
in Galilaeam propere
pergunt videre faciem
desideratam Domini.

PARS III

Claro Paschali gaudio
sol mundo nitet radio,
cum Christum iam apostoli
visu cernunt corporeo.

Ostensa sibi vulnera
in Christi carne fulgida,
resurrexisse Dominum
voce fatentur publica.

Rex Christe clementissime,
tu corda nostra posside,
ut tibi laudes debitas
reddamus omni tempore!

Quaesumus auctor omnium,
In hoc Paschali gaudio,
Ab omni mortis impetu
Tuum defende populum.

Gloria tibi, Domine,
Qui surrexisti a mortuis,
Cum Patre et sancto Spiritu,
Nunc, et per omne saeculum.

Words: Ascr. St. Ambrose, 4th C.
Tune:Aurora Lucis Rutilat” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.

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

PARS I

Aurora caelum purpurat,
Aether resultat laudibus,
Mundus triumphans iubilat,
Horrens avernus infremit:

Rex ille dum fortissimus
De mortis inferno specu
Patrum Senatum liberum
Educit ad vitae iubar.

Cuius sepulcrum plurimo
Custode signabat lapis,
Victor triumphat, et suo
Mortem sepulcro funerat.

Sat funeri, sat lacrimis,
Sat est datum doloribus:
Surrexit extinctor necis,
Clamat coruscans angelus.*

PARS II

Tristes erant apostoli
De Christi acerbo funere,
Quem morte crudelissima
Servi necarant impii.

Sermone verax angelus
Mulieribus praedixerat:
Mox ore Christus gaudium
Gregi feret fidelium.

Ad anxios apostolos
Currunt statim dum nuntiae,
Illae micantis obvia
Christi tenent vestigia.

Galilaeae ad alta montium
Se conferunt apostoli;
Iesuque, voti compotes,
Almo beantur lumine.*

PARS III

Paschale mundo gaudium
Sol nuntiat formosior,
Cum luce fulgentem nova
Iesum vident apostoli.

In carne Christi vulnera
Micare tanquam sidera
Mirantur, et quidquid vident
Testes fideles praedicant.

Rex Christe clementissime,
Tu corda nostra posside;
Ut lingua grates debitas
Tuo rependat nomini.*

* Each section ends with these two closing verses in the Office:
Ut sis perenne mentibus
Paschale Iesu gaudium;
A morte dira criminum
Vitae renatos libera.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
Et Filio, qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito,
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as “The Dawn Was Purpling o’er the Sky” and “Light’s Glittering Morn Bedecks the Sky.”

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