Iam Surgit Hora Tertia Qua Christus

This hymn is used for Terce on Sundays and Solemnities of the Lord throughout the year in the Ambrosian Breviary.

This is the text as it appears in the Ambrosian Breviaries of 1582 and 1830:

Iam surgit hora tertia
Qua Christus ascendit crucem:
Nil insolens mens cogitet,
Intendat affectum precis.

Qui corde Christum suscipit
Innoxium sensum gerit,
Votisque præstat sedulis
Sanctum mereri Spiritum.

Hæc hora quæ finem dedit
Diri veterno criminis,
Mortisque regnum diruit
Culpamque ab ævo sustulit.

Hinc iam beata tempora
(1)Cœpere Christi gratia,
Fidei(2) replevit veritas
Totum per orbem Ecclesias.

Celso triumphi vertice
Matri loquebatur suæ:
En filius, Mater, tuus:
Apostole, en Mater tua.

Prætenta nuptæ fœdera
Alto docens mysterio,
Ne Virginis partus sacrum(3)
Matris pudorem læderet.

Cui fidem in cælestibus
Iesus dedit miraculis:
Nec credidit plebs impia:
Qui credidit, salvus erit.

Nos credimus natum Deum
Partumque Virginis sacræ,
Peccata qui mundi tulit
Ad dexteram sedens Patris.

(4)Deo Patri sit gloria
Eiusque soli Filio
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words:  St. Ambrose, 4th C.
Tune: “Iam Surgit Hora Tertia” Gregorian chant, Mode I.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

I have used the Ambrosian Breviary of 1830 as the base text above. The Ambrosian Breviary of 1582 has the following differences as shown in the Katholische Kirchengesange compilation:
(1) This line reads “Christi cœpere gratiam”
(2) Fide
(3) sacer
(4) The following doxology is used:

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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