This hymn is used for Vespers & Lauds for feasts of the Apostles outside of Eastertide from the Commons of the Apostles in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Vespers on feasts of the Apostles from the Commons in the Ordinary Form.
Now let the earth with joy resound,
And highest Heav’n re-echo round;
Nor Heav’n nor earth too high can raise
The great Apostles’ glorious praise.
O ye who, thron’d in glory dread,
Shall judge the living and the dead!
Lights of the world for evermore!
To you the suppliant prayer we pour.
Ye close the sacred gates on high;
At your command apart they fly:
Oh! loose us from the guilty chain
We strive to break, and strive in vain.
Sickness and health your voice obey;
At your command they go or stay:
Oh, then from sin our souls restore;
Increase our virtues more and more.
So when the world is at its end,
And Christ to Judgment shall descend,
May we be call’d those joys to see
Prepar’d from all eternity.
Praise to the Father, with the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One;
As ever was in ages past,
And shall be so while ages last.
Words: Anonymous Latin, 10th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “Exsultet Cælum Laudibus” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
The original Latin text (Exsultet Orbis Gaudiis) of this hymn may be found here.