Felix Dies Quam Proprio

This hymn was used for Nocturns on the Feast of the Lord’s Circumcision (Octave of Christmas) in the Paris Breviary(1736).

Felix dies, quam proprio
Iesus cruore consecrat!
Felix dies qua gestiit
Opus salutis aggredi!

Vix natus, ecce lacteum
Profundit Infans sanguinem:
Libamen est hoc funeris,
Amoris hoc præludium.

Intrans in orbem, iam Patris
Mandata promptus exsequi,
Statum præoccupat diem,
Et qua potest fit victima.

Amore se facit reum,
Pœnasque solvit innocens;
Sub lege factus legifer,
A lege nos ut eximat.

Quo Christus ictu læditur,
Lex abrogata concidit;
Et incipit lex sanctior,
Mansura semper caritas.

Tu, Christe, quod non est tuum,
Nostro recide pectore:
Inscribe nomen, intimis
Inscribe legem cordibus.

Qui natus es de Virgine,
Iesu, tibi sit gloria
Cum Patre, cumque Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: Abbé Sébastien Besnault, d. 1724.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
O Happy Day, When First Was Poured

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