Stupete Gentes Fit Deus Hostia

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

Stupete, gentes; fit Deus hostia:
Se sponte legi legifer obligat:
Orbis Redemptor nunc redemptus:
Seque piat sine labe mater.

De more matrum, virgo puerpera
Templo statutos abstinuit dies.
Intrare sanctum quid pavebas,
Facta Dei prius ipsa templum?

Ara sub una se vovet hostia
Triplex: honorem virgineum immolat
Virgo sacerdos, parva mollis
Membra puer, seniorque vitam.

Eheu! quot enses transadigent tuum
Pectus? quot altis nata doloribus,
O Virgo? Quem gestas, cruentam
Imbuet hic sacer Agnus aram.

Christus futuro, corpus adhuc tener,
Præludit insons victima funeri:
Crescet; profuso vir cruore,
Omne scelus moriens piabit.

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

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste Santeul, 1689.
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:

Stupete, gentes; fit Deus hostia:
Se sponte legi legifer obligat:
Orbis Redemptor nunc redemptus:
Seque piat sine labe mater.

De more matrum, virgo puerpera
Templo statutos abstinuit dies:
Intrare sanctum quid pavebas,
Facta Dei prius ipsa templum?

Ara sub una se vovet hostia
Triplex: honorem virgineum immolat
Virgo sacerdos, parva mollis
Membra puer, seniorque vitam.

Eheu! quot enses transadigent tuum
Pectus? quot altis nata doloribus,
O Virgo? Quem gestas in ulnis,
Imbuet hic sacer Agnus aram.

Christus futuro, corpus adhuc tener,
Præludit infans victima funeri:
Crescet; profuso vir cruore,
Omne scelus moriens piabit.

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

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