This hymn is used for Vespers and Matins in the Common of a Confessor and Bishop in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Vespers in the Common of Holy Men for one saint in the Ordinary Form.
Redeemer blest of all who live!
Thy Pontiffs’ endless prize!
Upon this day thine ear incline,
And hear us from the skies.
This day the holy Confessor
Of thy most sacred Name,
Honour’d with yearly festive rites,
To heavenly glory came.
This day amid the blissful choirs
Of Angels, he sate down;
Receiving, for the joys he spurn ‘d,
An everlasting crown.
Oh! grant us in his steps to walk;
His holy life to live;
And by the virtue of his prayers,
Thy people’s sins forgive.
Glory to Thee, all gracious Lord;
Praise to the Father be;
Praise to the Spirit Paraclete;
Through all eternity.
Words: Anonymous Latin, 8th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O.,
Tune: “St. Magnus” Jeremiah Clarke, 1707.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.