Plasmator Hominis Deus

This hymn is used for Vespers 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 Vespers on Fridays of Weeks I & III of Ordinary Time. It was also used for Vespers on Fridays throughout the year in the Sarum Breviary.

Plasmator hominis, Deus,
Qui cuncta solus ordinans,
Humum iubes producere
Reptantis et feræ genus:

Qui magna rerum corpora,
Dictu iubentis vivida,
Ut serviant per ordinem
Subdens dedisti homini:

Repelle a servis tuis,
Quicquid per immunditiam,
Aut moribus se suggerit,
Aut actibus se interserit.

Da gaudiorum præmia,
Da gratiarum munera:
Dissolve litis vincula,
Astringe* pacis fœdera.

Præsta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne sæculum. Amen.

Words: ascr. Pope St. Gregory the Great (I), 6th C.
Tune: “Plasmator Hominis Deus” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

*The Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850) spells this word “adstringe.”

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

Hominis superne Conditor,
Qui cuncta solus ordinans,
Humum iubes producere
Reptantis et feræ genus:

Et magna rerum corpora,
Dictu iubentis vivida,
Per temporum certas vices
Obtemperare servulis:

Repelle, quod cupidinis
Ciente vi nos impetit.
Aut moribus se suggerit,
Aut actibus se interserit.

Da gaudiorum præmia,
Da gratiarum munera:
Dissolve litis vincula,
Astringe pacis fœdera.

Præsta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne sæculum. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Maker of Men! Who by Thyself

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