Æterna Cæli Gloria

This hymn is the hymn for Lauds on Fridays throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form. In the Ordinary Form, this hymn is used for the hymn for Lauds on Fridays of Weeks I & III of Ordinary Time.

Æterna cæli gloria,
Beata spes mortalium,
Celsi Parentis Unice,
Castæque proles Virginis:

Da dexteram surgentibus,
Exsurgat et mens sobria.
Flagrans et in laudem Dei
Grates rependat debitas.

Ortus refulget lucifer,
Ipsamque lucem nuntiat,
Cadit caligo noctium,
Lux sancta nos illuminet.

Manensque nostris sensibus
Noctem repellat sæculi
Omnique fine temporis
Purgata servet pectora.

Quæsita iam primum fides
Radicet altis sensibus,
Secunda spes congaudeat,
Tunc maior exstat caritas.

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

Words: Anon. Latin, 5th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “Æterna Cæli Gloria” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

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

Æterna cæli gloria,
Beata spes mortalium,
Summi Tonantis Unice.,
Castæque proles Virginis:

Da dexteram surgentibus,
Exsurgat et mens sobria.
Flagrans et in laudem Dei
Grates rependat debitas.

Ortus refulget lucifer,
Præitque solem nuntius
Cadunt tenebræ noctium,
Lux sancta nos illuminet.

Manensque nostris sensibus
Noctem repellat sæculi
Omnique fine temporis
Purgata servet pectora.

Quæsita iam primum fides
In corde radices agat,
Secunda spes congaudeat,
Qua maior exstat caritas.

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

This hymn has been translated into English as “Eternal Glory of the Heav’ns.”

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