Dum Morte Victor Obruta

This hymn was used for Vespers I on the Feast of Sts. Philip and James the Apostles in the Paris Breviary (1736). At the time, this feast was celebrated on May 1. From 1955 to 1969 it was celebrated on May 11, and currently it is celebrated on May 3 on the general Roman calendar.

Dum morte victor obruta
Ab inferis Christus redit,
Vos pangimus, diræ necis
Vitæque testes redditæ.

Vobis datum рræ ceteris
Latus magistri cingere:
Vobis futuræ sedulus
Arcana credit gloriæ.

At, ille privatim suæ
Dum nuntiat crucis probrum,
Cur horret humanus nimis,
Qui decipit sensus, amor?

Oportuit Christum pati,
Qui postea resurgeret:
Illinc homo verus patet;
Hinc se probat vere Deum.

Illos magister qui doces,
Tu, Christe, tu nos erudi:
Si quid latet, tu detege;
Amare da quod iam patet.

Da, Christe, nos tecum mori;
Tecum simul da surgere:
Terrena da contemnere;
Amare da cælestia.

Sit laus Patri; laus Filio;
Qui nos, triumphata nece,
Ad astra secum dux vocat:
Compar tibi laus, Spiritus. Amen.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 88.88

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Lord Hath Burst the Bonds of Death


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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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