Nox Et Tenebræ Et Nubila

This hymn is used for Lauds on Wednesdays throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Lauds on Wednesdays of Weeks I & III of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form.

Nox et tenebræ et nubila,
Confusa mundi et turbida,
Lux intrat, albescit polus:
Christus venit; discedite.

Caligo terræ scinditur
Percussa solis spiculo,
Rebusque iam color redit
Vultu nitentis sideris.

*Sic nostra mox obscuritas
Fraudisque pectus conscium,
Ruptis retectum nubibus,
Regnante pallescet Deo.

Te, Christe, solum novimus,
Te mente pura et simplici
Rogare curvato genu
Flendo et canendo discimus.

Intende nostris sensibus
Vitamque totam dispice:
Sunt multa fucis illita
Quæ luce purgentur tua.

Sit, Christe, rex piissime,
Tibi Patrique gloria
Cum Spiritu Paraclito,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (384-413).
Tune: “Nox et Tenebræ et Nubila” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

*This verse is omitted from the Extraordinary Form.

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

Nox et tenebræ et nubila,
Confusa mundi et turbida,
Lux intrat, albescit polus:
Christus venit; discedite.

Caligo terræ scinditur
Percussa solis spiculo,
Rebusque iam color redit
Vultu nitentis sideris.

Te, Christe, solum novimus,
Te mente pura et simplici
Flendo et canendo quæsumus,
Intende nostris sensibus.

Sunt multa fucis illita,
Quæ luce purgentur tua:
Tu, vera lux cælestium,
Vultu sereno illumina.

Sit, Christe, rex piissime,
Tibi Patrique gloria
Cum Spiritu Paraclito,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

This hymn is part of a longer hymn whose text will be presented here below once I am able to track it down.

This hymn has been translated into English as “Ye Mist and Darkness, Cloud and Storm.”

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This entry was posted in Ancient & Mediaeval Hymns, Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, Days of the Week, Hymns By The Greats, Latin Hymns, Morning Prayer/Lauds, Non-English Hymns, Ordinary Time, Roman Breviary, The Church Year, The Liturgy of Hours/Hours of the Day, Wednesday (Feria IV), Weeks After Epiphany (EF), Weeks after Pentecost (EF). Bookmark the permalink.

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