Thou, Heav’nly, New Jerusalem

This hymn is used for Vespers & Matins for the Common of the Dedication of a Church in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary and for Vespers of the same Office in the Ordinary Form. Fr. Britt indicates this hymn continues as Angularis Fundamentum. It was used for Vespers I for the Dedication of a Church in the Paris Breviary (1736). It was also used for Vespers I and Matins for the Office of the Dedication of a Church in the Sarum Breviary.

This is the original text of this hymn as it appears in John Mason Neale’s Hymnal Noted (1851):

Thou, Heav’nly, new Jerusalem,
Vision of peace in prophet’s dream!
With living stones built up on high,
And rising to you starry sky;
In bridal pomp thy form is crowned,
With thousand thousand angels round!

O Bride! betrothed in happy hour,
Thy Father’s glory is thy dower;
Thy Bridegroom’s grace is shed on Thee,
Thou Queen all fair eternally!
To Christ allied, thy Prince ador’d,
Bright shining city of the Lord!

Behold, with pearls they glitt’ring stand,
Thy peaceful gates to all expand
By grace and strength divinely shed,
Each mortal thither may be led,
Who, kindled by Christ’s love, will dare
All earthly suff’rings now to bear!

By many a salutary stroke,
By many a weary blow, that broke,
Or polished with a workman’s skill,
The stones that form that glorious pile,
They all are fitly framed to lie
In their appointed place on high!

Fair and well pleasing in thy sight,
Parent most High, enthroned in light!
And for Thine Only Son most meet,
And Thee, all glorious Paraclete:
To Whom praise, power, and glory rise,
For ever through th’eternal skies. Amen.

Words: Anonymous Latin 6th or 7th Century; tr. John Mason Neale, 1851.
Tune: “Strasburg” Strasburg Psalter, 1525.*
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8

*Neale provides a tune for this text – so far I do not know of where I could find a sound file demonstrating this tune.

The original Latin text of this hymn (Cælestis Urbs Ierusalem) may be found here.

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