Iste Confessor

This hymn is used for Vespers and Matins in the Common of a Confessor and Bishop as well as of a Confessor who is not a Bishop in the Extraordinary Form. In the Ordinary Form, it is used for Vespers on the Feast of St. Martin of Tours (Nov. 11), for whom the hymn was originally written. It was used for Vespers I and Matins for the Common of Confessors  in the Sarum Breviary.

Iste Confessor Domini sacratus,
Festa plebs cuius celebrat per orbem,
Hodie lætus meruit secreta
Scandere cæli.

Qui pius, prudens, humilis, pudicus,
Sobrius, castus fuit, et quietus,
Vita dum præsens vegetavit eius
Corporis artus.

Ad sacrum cuius tumulum frequenter,
Membra languentum  modo sanitati,
Quolibet morbo fuerint gravata,
Restituuntur.

Unde nunc noster chorus in honorem*
Ipsius, hymnum canit hunc libenter,
Ut piis eius meritis iuvemur
Omne per ævum.

Sit salus illi, decus, atque virtus,
Qui supra cæli residens cacumen,
Totius mundi machinam gubernat
Trinus et unus. Amen.

Words: Anonymous Latin, 8th C.
Tune: “Iste Confessor” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.

Alternate Tune:Iste Confessor (Rouen)” Poitiers Antiphoner, 1746
Meter: 11.11.11.5

*This word is “honore” in the Sarum Breviary.

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

Iste Confessor Domini colentes
Quem pie laudant populi per orbem:
Hac die lætus meruit beatas
Scandere sedes.
[If it be not the day of his death, the following is substituted.]
Hac die lætus meruit supremos
Laudis honores.

Qui pius, prudens, humilis, pudicus,
Sobriam duxit sine labe vitam,
Donec humanos animavit auræ
Spiritus artus.

Cuius ob præstans meritum frequenter,
Ægra quæ passim iacuere membra,
Viribus morbi domitis, saluti
Restituuntur.

Noster hinc illi chorus obsequentem
Concinit laudem, celebresque palmas;
Ut piis eius precibus iuvemur
Omne per ævum.

Sit salus illi, decus, atque virtus,
Qui super cæli solio coruscans,
Totius mundi seriem gubernat
Trinus et unus. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Confessor of Christ, From Shore to Shore

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