Apostolorum Passio

This hymn is used for Vespers I & II and Lauds for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (June 29) in the Mozarabic Breviary and in the Ambrosian Breviary.

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the Mozarabic Breviary:

Apostolorum passio.
Diem sacravit sæculi,
Petri triumphum nobilem,
Pauli coronam proferens.

Coniunxit æquales Viros
Cruor triumphalis necis;
Deum secutos; Præsulem
Christi coronavit fides:

Primus Petrus Apostolus;
Nec Paulus impar gratiæ:
Electionis vas sacræ
Petri adæquavit fidem.

Verso Crucis vestigio,
Simon honorem dans Deo,
Suspensus ascendit, dati
Non immemor Oraculi.

Præcinctus, ut dictum est,
Senex elevatus ab altero,
Quo nolet, ibit, sed volens
Mortem subegit asperam.

Hic Romæ celsus vertice,
Devotionem, extulit;
Fundata tali sanguine,
Et Vatis tanti, nobilis.

Tantæ per Urbis ambitum
Stipata tendunt agmina,
Trinis celebratur viis
Festum sacrorum Martyrum.

Prodire quis Mundum putet,
Concurrere plebem Deo
Electam: Gentium caput,
Fides magistra Gentium?

Deo Patri sit gloria,
Eiusque soli Filio,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: St. Ambrose, 4th C.
Tune: “Apostolorum Passio” Gregorian Chant, Mode IV.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the Ambrosian Breviary:

Apostolorum passio
Diem sacravit sæculis,
Petri triumphum nobilem,
Pauli coronam præferens.

Coniunxit æquales viros
Cruor triumphalis necis:
(1)Deum secutos præsulem
Christi coronavit fides.

(2)Apostolus primus Petrus,
Nec Paulus impar gratia,
Electionis vas sacræ
Petri (3)coæquavit fidem.

Verso crucis vestigio,
Simon honorem dans Deo
Suspensus ascendit, dati
(4)Oraculi non immemor.

Præcinctus, (5)ut dictum, senex
Et elevatus ab altero,
Quo nollet, ivit; sed volens
Mortem subivit asperam.

Hinc Roma celsum verticem,
Devotionis extulit,
Fundata tali sanguine,
Et vate tanti (6)nominis.

Tantæ per urbis ambitum
Stipata tendunt agmina;
Trinis celebratur viis
Festum sacrorum martyrum.

(7)Nunc ergo, doctor gentium,
Tu, Paule, mores instrue;
Ast, Petre, pastor omnium,
Oves ad astra dirige.

(7)Patri simulque Filio
Tibique, Sancte Spiritus,
Sicut fuit, sit iugiter
Sæclum per omne gloria. Amen.

The text of the Ambrosian Breviary of 1582 has the following differences according to the Katholische Kirchengesange compilation:
(1) Dum se secutos præsules
(2) Primus Petrus Apostolus,
(3) adæquavit
(4) Non immemor oraculi.
(5) dictum est, senex
(6) nobilis.
(7) These final two verses are replaced with the following:

Prodire quis mundum putet,
Concurrere plebem Poli,
Electa gentium caput
Sedes magistri gentium.

Gloria tibi, Domine;
Gloria Unigenito;
Una cum sancto Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula.

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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