Hic Est Dies Verus Dei

This hymn was used for Vespers & Lauds on Easter Sunday and all the weekdays of the Easter Season in the Mozarabic Breviary. It was also used for Lauds on the Octave of Easter and Sundays III, IV, V & VI in that Breviary. In the Ambrosian Breviary, it is used for Vespers I of Easter Sunday (on Holy Saturday evening) and for Vespers and Lauds throughout the Easter season and Ascensiontide except on the Solemnity of the Ascension itself.

This is the text as it appears in the Mozarabic Breviary:

Hic est dies verus Dei
Sancto serenus lumine,
Quo diluit sanguis sacer
Probrosa mundi crimina:

Fidem refundens perditis,
Cæcosque visu illuminans;
Quo nos gravi solvit metu,
Latronis absolutio.

Qui præmio mutans crucem,
Iesu brevi adquisivit fidem:
Iustoque brevior gradu
Pervenit in regnum Dei.

Hoc opus stupent Angeli,
Pœnam videntes corporis;
Christoque adhærentem reum
Vitam beatam capere.

Mysterium mirabile!
Ut abluat mundi luem,
Peccata tollat omnium
Carnis vitia mundans caro.

Quid hoc potest sublimius,
Ut culpam quærat gratia?
Metumque solvat charitas,
Reddatque mors vitam novam?

Hamum sibi mors devoret,
Suisque se nodis liget?
Moriatur Vita hominum,
Resurgat Vita omnium?

Dum mors per omnes transeat,
Omnes resurgant mortui?
Consumpta mors ictu suo,
Perisse se solam gemat?

Quæsumus, auctor omnium,
In hoc Paschali gaudio
Ab omni mortis impetu
Tuum defende populum.

Gloria tibi, Domine,
Qui surrexisti a mortuis;
Cum Patre, Sancto Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words:  St. Ambrose, 4th C.
Tune: “Hic Est Dies Verus Dei” Gregorian chant, Mode III.
Meter:  8.8.8.8

This is the text as it appears in the Ambrosian Breviary:

Hic est dies verus Dei
Sancto serenus lumine,
Quo diluit sanguis sacer
Probrosa mundi crimina.

Fidem refundens perditis
Cæcosque visu illuminans:
Quem non gravi solvit metu,
Latronis absolutio?

Qui præmium mutans cruce,
Iesum brevi quæsiit fide,
Iustoque prævio gradu
Prævenit in regnum Dei.

Opus stupent et Angeli
Pœnam videntes corporis,
Christoque adhærentem reum
Vitam beatam capere.

Mysterium mirabile,
Ut abluat mundi luem,
Peccata tollat omnium
Carnis vitia mundans caro.

Quid hoc potest sublimius
Ut culpa quærat gratiam?
Metumque solvat caritas,
Reddatque mors vitam novam?

Hamum sibi mors devoret,
Suisque se nodis liget:
Moriatur vita omnium,
Resurgat vita hominum.

Cum mors per omnes transeat,
Omnes resurgant mortui:
Consumta mors ictu suo,
Perisse se solam gemat?

Gloria tibi, Domine,
Qui surrexisti a mortuis,
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

About Noah

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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