Quæ Te Pro Populi Criminibus Nova

This hymn was used for Lauds on the Feast of the Five Wounds of Christ (the Friday following Ash Wednesday) in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Quæ te pro populi criminibus nova
Insontem properat perdere caritas?
Quid non pro misera gente luis volens:
Factus victima Pontifex?

Clavi qui geminum transadigunt pedem,
Captivos laqueo dæmonis eruunt;
Transfixæque manus excutiunt vetus,
Quo mundus premitur, iugum.

Obstetrix penitus lancea perforat,
Quo nos parturiat, pectus amabile:
Hoc quæ fonte fluit, nos aqua, nos cruor,
Sanat, liberat, abluit.

O vitæ latices, vivida flumina!
O sacros aditus pectoris intimi!
O petræ solidæ tuta foramina!
O cordis penetralia!

Te si nostra, Pater, crimina provocant,
Nati sacra lubens vulnera respice,
Cum noster laceras obiiciet tuis
Iudex fulminibus manus.

Fac per sæva, Pater, vulnera, per cruces,
Sic æterna tuos quærere gaudia,
Ut cum Prole tibi iugiter, ac tuo
Reddant Spiritui decus.  Amen.

Words: Claude de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.

Meter: 12.12.12.8

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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