Oh Christ, Who In Heaven

This hymn was used as the hymn for Vespers I & II and Nocturns on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (September 29) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition). This is the original text of the hymn from John Chandler’s 1837 Hymns of the Primitive Church.

O Christ, who in heaven
Hast made thine abode,
To whom there is given
Like glory with God,
Before Thee assemble
The spirits of light,
Thou makest them tremble,
Because of thy might:
Oh! may we, combining
Our own feeble lays,
Now please thee by joining
Their chorus of praise.

Among them appeareth
Thy champion, O Lord,
The victor that beareth
The glittering sword:
The sword that he wielded
So stoutly in fight,
When the fierce dragon yielded
To his greater might:
Who, when against heaven
He dared to rebel,
With his armies was driven
To nethermost hell.

The chief place thou bearest
The spirits among,
Thou, Michael, fairest
Of all the bright throng:
Round God’s seat in glory
Ye all are arrayed,
And ever before ye
His counsels are laid:
The courses of nature
Ye order full well:
Ye bear every creature
To heaven or to hell.

The heirs of salvation
Your succour receive,
And strong consolation,
Whenever they grieve:
When sickness assails us,
Ye save us from fear,
When the breath of life fails us,
Ye still hover near;
And so when, life ended,
Our spirits take flight,
By you they’re attended
To regions of light.

Oh! let the Creator
Our praises embrace,
The Father of nature,
The Father of grace:
The like adoration
To him be assigned,
Who purchased salvation
And life for mankind:
And let equal praises
The Spirit extol,
Who comforts and raises
And strengthens the soul. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.; tr. John Chandler, 1837.
Tune: “Armageddon” John Goss, 1800-1880.
Meter: 65.65.65D

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.


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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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