Dum Vitam In Ara Golgothæ

This hymn is used for Lauds and Vespers for the feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 15) in the Ambrosian Breviary.

This is the text as it appears in the Ambrosian Breviary of 1830:

Dum vitam in ara Golgothæ
Auctor salutis immolat,
Maria amoris æmula
Iungit doloris hostiam.

O passionis mutuæ
Alterna cordis vulnera!
In Matre proles condolet,
In prole Mater deficit.

Iesum quot ictus vulnerant,
Materna scindunt viscera;
Sertumque Christi spineum
In corde Matris figitur.

Mater doloris nescia
Gavisa partum viderat:
O quanto agone Filium
Nunc pressa nobis parturit!

Mors ipsa tandetn Filium
Miserta pœnis eximit;
Iam tota sola in Virgine
Sævit superstes passio.

Christi recedens spiritus
Evasit ictum lanceæ:
Sed sæva vulnus irritum
In Matre Cuspis vindicat.

Victis resurge ab inferis
Nunc, Christe: fortis fœmina
Per spem fidemque prævenit
Stando triumphum Filii.

O Virgo amore Seraphim
Vincens, dolore martyres,
Fac nostrum amore ferveat,
Et cor dolore langueat.

Iesu tibi sit gloria
Qui natus es de Virgine
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: Ambrosian Breviary, 1830.*
Tune: Chant tone unknown.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

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

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