Iesu Corona Celsior

This hymn is used for Lauds in the Common of a Confessor not a Bishop in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary. It is used for Lauds in the Common of Holy Men for one saint in the Ordinary Form. In the Ambrosian Breviary, it is used for Vespers I & II, and Lauds in all of the Commons for Confessors (Confessor & Bishop, Confessor & Priest, One Confessor).

Iesu corona celsior,
Et veritas sublimior,
Qui confitenti servulo
Reddis perenne præmium.

Da supplicanti cœtui,
Obtenu huius optimi,
Remissionem criminum,
Rumpendo nexum vinculi.

Anni recurso tempore,
Dies illuxit lumine,
Quo sanctus hic de corpore,
Polum migravit præpotens.

Hic vana terræ gaudia,
Et luculenta prædia,
Polluta sorde deputans,
Ovans tenet cælestia.

Te Christe Rex piissime
Hic confitendo iugiter,
Calcavit hostem fortiter,
Superbum ac satellitem.

Virtute clarus et fide,
Confessionis ordine,
Ieiuna membra deferens,
Dapes supernas obtinet.

Proinde te, piissime,
Precamur omnes supplices,
Ut huius almi gratia
Nobis remittas debita.

Gloria Patri Domino,
Gloria Unigenito,
Una cum Sancto Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: Anonymous Latin, 10th C.
Tune:Iesu Corona Celsior” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

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

Iesu corona celsior,
Et veritas sublimior,
Qui confitenti servulo
Reddis perenne præmium:

Da supplicanti cœtui,
Huius rogatu, noxii
Remissionem criminis,
Rumpendo nexum vinculi.

Anni reverso tempore,
Dies refulsit lumine,
Quo Sanctus hic de corpore,
Migravit inter sidera.

Hic vana terræ gaudia,
Et luculenta prædia,
Polluta sorde deputans,
Ovans tenet cælestia.

Te Christe Rex piissime
Hic confitendo iugiter,
Calcavit artes dæmonum,
Sævumque averni principem.

Virtute clarus et fide,
Confessione sedulus,
Ieiuna membra deferens,
Dapes supernas obtinet.

Proinde te, piissime,
Precamur omnes supplices,
Nobis ut huius gratia
Pœnas remittas debitas.

Patri perennis gloria,
Natoque Patris unico,
Sanctoque sit Paraclito,
Per omne semper sæculum. Amen.

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the Ambrosian Breviary:

Iesu, corona celsior
Et veritas sublimior,
Qui confitenti servulo
Reddis perenne præmium.

Da supplicanti cœtui,
Huius rogatu, tristium
Remissionem criminum,
Rumpendo nexum vinculi.

Anni reverso tempore,
Dies reluxit lumine
Quo Sanctus hic de corpore
Sedes adivit cælitum.

Hinc vana terræ gaudia.
Et læta cultu prædia
Polluta sorde deputans,
Ovans tenet cælestia.

Te, Christe, Rex piissime,
Hic confitendo iugiter
Calcavit imi fortiter
Regem superbum Tartari.

Virtute firmus et fide,
Amore Christi fervidus,
Ieiuna membra deferens
Dapes supernas obtinet.

Proinde te, Piissime,
Precamur omnes supplices
Nobis ut, huius gratia,
Noxæ remittas debita.

Deo Patri sit gloria
Eiusque soli Filio
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Nunc per omne sæculum. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Jesu! Eternal Truth Sublime!

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