Post Petrum, Primum Principem

This hymn is used for Vespers I & II and Lauds for the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30) in the Ambrosian Breviary.

This is the older text as it appears in the Ambrosian Breviary of 1582 (courtesy of the Katholische Kirchengesange compilation):

Post Petrum, primum Principem,
Andreas est Apostolus,
Verbum salutis prædicans,
Achaia in provincia.

Captus in Patra oppido,
Diro traditur carceri;
Ferali pœna cæditur:
Tortor callet vesania.

Dilaniatus ictibus,
Ligno crucis suspenditur:
Nor cessat, vivens biduo,
Fidem docere populum.

Clamor plebis attollitur,
Carus Deo exposcitur
Reddi; pius et innocens,
Sanctus bonusque quæritur.

Fallax tunc ad patibulum
Quasi solutum properat:
Devotus martyr in pœnis
Orat, ne arctioribus

Loris resolvat impius,
Divinis demtus muniis:
Frater instigat iurgiis,
Iustisque querimoniis.

Eant tecum, quæ tua sunt.
Ægea o durissime!
Completa eius passio,
Devicto hoste callido.

Imploret ergo meritis
Suis, pro nostris actibus,
Ut mereamur consequi
In fine Sancti præmia.

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

Words: Anonymous, 9th C.*
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

*The date is according to the information on this hymn in the Repertorium Hymnologicum.

This is the text that appears in the Ambrosian Breviary (1830). According to The Sounds of Milan, 1585-1650 by Robert L. Kendrick (pg. 126), the hymns in the Ambrosian Use at Milan underwent a massive change during the 17th Century and some were heavily altered:

Apostolorum principem
Germanus Andreas sequens,
Beat salutis prospero
Truces Achæos nuntio.

Patræ revinctum carcere
Servant in arcto vincula;
Pœnis acerbis cæditur,
Tortor calet vesania.

Discerptus ictu plurimo,
Ligno crucis suspenditur:
Pergit superstes biduo
Fidem docere cælicam.

Plebeia vox attollitur
Carum reposcens Numini;
Iubetque pœnis eximi
Fuso cruentum sanguine.

Festinat ad crucem ferus
Velut solutum carnifex;
Hunc orat Andreas, cruce
Ne se beata detrahat.

Tum frater Ægeæ pius
Mentem reprendit impiam,
Iniusta questus criminis
Tormenta ferre nescium.

Iam nunc cruore barbara
Pascas, tyranne, pectora,
Crucis triumphus callidum
Devicit hostem tartari.

Imploret ergo Numinis
Apostolus clementiam,
Possimus ut nos consequi
In fine sancta præmia.

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

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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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