Christe Sanctorum

This hymn is used for Lauds on the Feast of St. Michael as well as Vespers in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary. On the Feast of St. Raphael, its first verse and the last three verses are used in the Extraordinary Form. Fr. Caswall records a feast of St. Gabriel on March 18 which uses the whole hymn for Vespers & Matins, however in the 1960 Breviary St. Gabriel is commemorated on March 24 and it makes no mention of this hymn being used. In the Ordinary Form, the second, third and fourth verses are used closing with the first verse for Vespers for the Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels. It was also used for Lauds on the Feast of St. Michael in the Sarum Breviary.

Christe, sanctorum decus Angelorum,
Rector humani generis et Auctor;
Nobis æternum(1) tribue benignus
Scandere cælum.

Angelus(2) pacis Michael ad istam
Cælitus mitti rogitamus(3) aulam;
Nobis ut crebro veniente(4) crescant
Prospera cuncta.

Angelus fortis Gabriel, ut hostem
Pellat antiquum, volitet ab alto,
Sæpius templum veniens ad istud
Visere nostrum.

Angelum nobis medicum salutis,
Mitte de cælis Raphael, ut omnes
Sanet ægrotos, pariterque nostros
Dirigat actus.

Hinc Dei nostri Genitrix Maria,
Totus et nobis chorus Angelorum
Semper assistat, simul et beata
Concio tota.

Præstet hoc nobis Deitas beata
Patris, ac Nati, pariterque sancti
Spiritus, cuius reboat in omni
Gloria mundo. Amen.

Words: attr. Rabanus Maurus, ca. 9th C.
Tune: “Christe Sanctorum” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
Alternate Tune:Christe Sanctorum” Paris Antiphoner, 1681.

The following are the variations in this text as the occur in the Sarum Use per the (*)Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850), the (+)1531 Folio edition of the Sarum Breviary, or (*+)both
(1) æternæ (*)

(2) Angelum (*+)
(3) mitte, rogitemus (*), mitti rogitemus (+)
(4) veniant et (+)

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

Christe, sanctorum decus Angelorum,
Gentis humanæ sator et redemptor,
Cælitum nobis tribuas beatas
Scandere sedes.

Angelus pacis Michael in ædes
Cælitus nostras veniat, serenæ
Auctor ut pacis lacrimosa in orcum
Bella releget.

Angelus fortis Gabriel, ut hostes
Pellat antiquos, et amica cælo,
Quæ triumphator statuit per orbem,
Templa revisat.

Angelus nostræ medicus salutis,
Adsit e cælo Raphael, ut omnes
Sanet ægrotos, dubiosque vitæ
Dirigat actus.

Virgo dux pacis, Genitrixque lucis,
Et sacer nobis chorus Angelorum
Semper assistat, simul et micantis
Regia cæli.

Præstet hoc nobis Deitas beata
Patris, ac Nati, pariterque sancti
Spiritus, cuius resonat per omnem
Gloria mundum. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
O Christ! The Beauty of the Angel Worlds!
O Christ, the Glory of the Angel Choirs!


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