Cælestis Ales Nuntiat

This hymn was used for Nocturns on the Feast of the Annunciation and Incarnation of the Lord in the Paris Breviary (1736).

*Cælestis ales nuntiat
Implenda mox mysteria:
Virtute fœcunda Deus
Illapsus implet Virginem.

Qualis stupendo gloria
Te, Virgo, de partu manet!
Conceptus in tuo sinu,
Natus Deo, nunc est tuus.

De virginali sanguine,
Quem nulla labes inficit,
Fingente sancto Spiritu,
Christi caro compingitur.

Nobis per hanc mortalibus
Lactescit esca cælitum:
Nos pascit infantes homo,
Qui pascit Angelos Deus.

Mundo Redemptor qui venis,
Fili, tibi laus maxima,
Cum Patre: nec tibi minor
Laus, utriusque Spiritus. Amen.

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

*In his translation, Fr. Caswall indicates that this first line is “Supernus ales nuntiat.” John Julian’s Dictionary of Hymnology confirms that Fr. Caswall was indeed translating this hymn however.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Angel Spake the Word

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