Christe Decreto Patris Institutus

This hymn was used as the hymn for Nocturns in the Common for Bishops in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Christe, decreto Patris institutus
Pontifex summo, tibi, qui fideles
Quos legis, formas populis regendis
Ipse ministros:

Hunc iuvat festo celebrare cantu,
Qui licet magnis meritis abundans,
Flens et invitus, duce te, tremendum
Sumpsit honorem.

Noverat quantis pateat periclis
Ille, qui summos apices adeptus,
Omnium curas, sibi raptus uni,
Sustinet omnes.

Fecerat fervens amor inquietum:
Quo gregis cari pia cura poscit,
Advolat promptus: mora non euntem
Ulla retardat.

Dux iter, vita præeunte, monstrat;
Comprobat factis sua dicta magnis;
Et domum sanctam bene olente Christi
Implet odore.

Lux erat cæco, columen labanti,
Una spes lapso, misero levamen,
Providus cunctis pater, omnibusque
Omnia factus.

Christe, Pastorum bonus ipse Pastor,
Qui greges pascis proprio cruore,
Fac ut æternæ subeant opima
Pascua vitæ. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 11.11.11.5

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