Christus Tenebris Obsitam

This hymn was used for Vespers II for Sundays after the Octave of the Nativity until the Presentation unless Septuagesima occurs first in the Paris Breviary(1736).

Christus tenebris obsitam
Lustrando Iudæa* docet:
Gens obstinato pectore
Christum docentem respuit.

Sese Deum signis probat:
Surgunt sepulcris corpora;
Erepta muto vox redit,
Claudo gradus, cæco dies.

Gens dura, flecti nescia,
Aures sacris sermonibus
Obturat; et solem fugit,
Amore noctis perdita.

Nos lumen ambimus, Patris
In quo refulget claritas:
Ne mentibus subrepere
Tetram sinas caliginem.

Numquam** recedas a piis,
Lux sempiterna, cordibus;
Te veritate fulgeant,
Te caritate ferveant.

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

Words: Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

*this word is “Iudæam” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.
**this word is “Nunquam” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Through Judah’s Land the Saviour Walks


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