Cælestis Formam Gloriæ

This hymn is used for Vespers I on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord in the Sarum Breviary.

Cælestis formam gloriæ,
Quam spes quærit Ecclesiæ,
In monte Christus indicat,
Quo supra solem emicat.

Res memoranda sæculis;
Hic cum tribus discipulis
Cum Moyse et Helia
Grata promit eloquia.

Assistunt testes gratiæ
Legis atque prophetiæ,
De nube testimonium
Sonat Patris ad(1) Filium.

Glorificata facie
Christus declarat(2) hodie,
Quis(3) sit honor credentium
Deo pie fruentium.

Visionis mysterium
Corda(4) levat fidelium,
Unde solenni gaudio
Clamat nostra devotio.

Pater cum Unigenito
Et Spiritu Paraclito
Unus nobis hanc gloriam
Largire per præsentiam. Amen.

Words: Sarum Breviary, 15th C.
Tune: “Melody 26” Sarum Chant melody, Mode VIII.
Meter: 88.88

(1)The  Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis has this as “ac”
(2)One source I encountered has this as “claret”
(3)One source I encountered has this as “Queis”
(4)One source I encountered has this as “Corde”

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair!

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