Signum Novi Crux Fœderis

This hymn was used for Nocturns & Vespers II on the (now defunct) Feast of the Invention [Finding] of the Holy Cross (May 3) in the Paris Breviary (1736). 

Signum novi crux fœderis,
Crux, orbis arca naufragi,
Cum iam perimus, nos ratis
Portus refers in patrios.

Telis rubentem flammeis
Ultoris exarmas manum:
Placatur, ut te respicit,
Iras et obliviscitur.

Lethale si vulnus ferat
Infernus anguis morsibus:
Læsi simul te viderint,
Repente tu medeberis.

Ara sub illa, par Deo,
Se consecravit hostia:
Hac sede læsum Filius
Placavit orator Patrem.

Crux sancta, crux amabilis,
Crux tincta Christi sanguine,
Haurire da nos largius
Vitam, Dei de funere.

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

Here is the original text as it appears in Fr. de Santeul’s 1689 book Hymni Sacri et Novi:

Signum novi Crux fœderis,
Crux, orbis Arca naufragi,
Cum iam perimus, nos Ratis
Portus refers in patrios.

Telis rubentem flammeis
Ultoris exarmas manum;
Placatur, ut te respicit,
Iras et obliviscitur.

Lethale si vulnus ferat
Infernus anguis morsibus:
Læsi simul te viderint,
Repente tu medeberis.

Ara sub illa, par Deo,
Se consecravit hostia:
Hac sede læsum Filius
Placavit orator Patrem.

Crux sancta, crux amabilis,
Crux tincta Christi sanguine,
Haurire da nos largius
Vitam, Dei de funere.

Qui per Crucem nos liberas,
Fili, tibi laus maxima,
Cum Patre, nec tibi minor
Laus, utriusque Spiritus.

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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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