Templi Sacratas Pande, Sion, Fores

This hymn was used as the hymn for Vespers I on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Templi sacratas pande, Sion, fores;
Christus sacerdos intrat et hostia:
Cedant inanes veritati,
Quæ se animis aperit, figuræ.

Non immolandi iam pecudum greges,
Fumabit ater non cruor amplius;
En ipse placando Parenti
Ipse suis Deus astat* aris.

Virgo latentis conscia Numinis,
Demissa vultus, quem peperit Deum,
Hunc gestat ulnis; pauperumque
Munera fert teneras volucres.

Hic omnis ætas, omnis et astitit*
Sexus, propinquo Numine plenior;
Omnes anhelantis tot annos
Nunc fidei pretium reportant.

Testes tot inter, magnanimo, Deus,
Tibi litabat firma silentio
Verbi silentis muta mater:
Cuncta animo penitus premebat.

Sit summa Patri, summaque Filio,
Sanctoque compar gloria Flamini.
Sanctæ litemus Trinitati
Perpetuo pia corda cultu. Amen.

*these words are rendered “adstat” and “adstitit” respectively in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

Words: Jean-Baptiste de Santeul in the 1680 Paris Breviary.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 11.11.9.10

Here is the text of this hymn as it appears in Fr. de Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi of 1689:

Templi sacratas pande, Sion, fores;
Christus sacerdos intrat et hostia:
Cedant inanes Veritati,
Quæ se animis aperit, Figuræ.

Non immolandi iam pecudum greges;
Fumabit ater non cruor amplius:
En ipse placando parenti
Ipse suis Deus astat aris.

Virgo latentis conscia numinis,
Demissa vultus, quem peperit Deum,
Gestabat ulnis, pauperumque
Munera fert, teneras volucres.

Hic omnis Ætas, omnis et astitit
Sexus, propinquo numine plenior:
Christum anhelantis tot annos
Nunc fidei pretium reportant.

Testes tot inter, magnanimo, Deus,
Tibi litabat fida silentio,
Verbi silentis muta mater:
Quanta animo reticebat alto!

Sit summa Patri, summaque Filio,
Sit summa sancto gloria Flamini:
Magistra quem trinum docendo,
Vera Fides veneratur unum.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
O Sion! Open Wide Thy Gates

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