Æterna Cæli Gloria

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

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.

Here is the text as it appears in the Sarum Breviary:

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

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

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

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

Quæsita iam primum Fides
Radicet altis sensibus,
Secunda spes congaudeat,
Quo maior exstat caritas.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
Eiusque soli Filio,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito,
Nunc, et per omne saeculum. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Eternal Glory of the Heav’ns

Advertisements

About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
This entry was posted in Ancient & Mediaeval Hymns, Authorship Debated, Unknown, To Be Determined, Breviaries, Days of the Week, Friday (Feria VI), Latin Hymns, Morning Prayer/Lauds, Non-English Hymns, Offices of the Breviary, Ordinary Time, Roman Breviary, Sarum Breviary, Sexagesima Sunday, The Church Year, The Liturgy of Hours/Breviary, The Liturgy of the Church, Weeks After Epiphany (EF). Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Æterna Cæli Gloria

  1. Pingback: Eternal Glory Of The Heav’ns | Saint Augustine's Lyre

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s