Mysteriorum Signifer

This hymn is used for Vespers I & II and Lauds for the feast of St. Michael the Archangel (September 29) in the Ambrosian Breviary.

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

Mysteriorum signifer
Cælestium, Archangele,
Te supplicantes quæsumus,
Ut nos placatus visites.

Ipse cum sanctis Angelis,
Cum Iustis, cum Apostolis,
Illustra locum iugiter,
Quo nunc orantes degimus.

Castissimorum omnium,
Doctorum ac Pontificum,
Pro nobis preces profluas
Devotas offer Domino.

Hostem repellat impium,
Opemque pacis dirigat,
Et nostra simul pectora
Fides perfecte muniat.

Ascendant nostræ protinus
Ad thronum voces gloriæ,
Mentesque nostras erigat,
Qui sede fulget splendida.

Hic virtus eius maneat;
Hic firma flagret caritas;
Hic ad salutis commoda
Suis occurrat famulis.

Errores omnes auferat,
Vagosque sensus corrigat:
Et dirigat vestigia
Nostra pacis per semitas.

Lucis in arce fulgida
Hæc sacra scribat carmina,
Et nostra simul nomina
In libro vitæ conferat.

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

Words: Medieval Ambrosian hymn.
Tune: Chant tone unknown.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

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

This is the text that appears in the Ambrosian Breviary of 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:

Invicte princeps Michael
Ducis superni militum,
Te supplicantes, quæsumus,
Ut nos benignus visites.

Verbi sequaces Angeli,
Apostolique, et cælites
Locum serenent iugiter
In quo precantes degimus.

Quas concinendo virgines,
Et quas beati præsules
Fundunt rogantes, Numini
Preces rogatus offeras.

Hostem repellat impium,
Opemque pacis dirigat;
Unaque nostra pectora
Fides sacrata muniat.

Vox supplicantum protinus
Ascendat ad thronum Dei:
Mentesque nostras erigat
Qui sede fulget splendida.

Sit eius hic potentia,
Hic firma flagret caritas,
Hic ad salutis commoda
Opem ferat fidelibus.

Culpas nocentes auferat,
Vagosque sensus corrigat,
Et dirigat vestigia
Rectis precantum semitis.

In arce lucis fulgida
Hæc sacra scribat carmina;
Simulque nostra nomina
Reponat in vitæ libro.

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

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