Category Archives: Hymns By The Greats

Salve Festa Dies (Pascha)

Salve festa dies, toto venerabilis ævo, Quæ Deus infernum vicit et astra tenet. Salve, &c. Ecce renascentis testatur gratia mundi Omnia cum Domino dona redisse suo. Salve, &c. Tempora florigero rutilant distincta sereno Et maiore poli lumine porta patet. Salve, … Continue reading

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Lætabundus Exultet Fidelis Chorus

This hymn was widely used as the Sequence hymn for Christmas in the Middle Ages, and was used as such in the Sarum Missal. It was also used as the hymn for Vespers II on the Feast of the Purification … Continue reading

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Quod Chorus Vatum Venerandus Olim

This hymn was used for Vespers I on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Sarum Breviary. Quod chorus vatum venerandus olim, Spiritu Sancto cecinit repletus, In Dei factum genitrice constat Esse Maria. Hæc Deum … Continue reading

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In Passione Domini

This hymn was used for Lauds on the Feast of the Image of the Lord the Savior in the Sarum Breviary. In passione domini Qua datur Salus homini, Sit mentis* refrigerium Et cordis desiderium. Portemus in memoria **Dolores et opprobria … Continue reading

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Ave Maria… Virgo Serena

This is perhaps my favorite hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Virgo serena. Ave cuius conceptio, Solemni plena gaudio, Cælestia, terrestria, Nova replet lætitia. Ave cuius nativitas, Nostra fuit solemnitas, Ut lucifer lux oriens … Continue reading

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Chorus Novæ Ierusalem

This hymn was used for Vespers I of Sunday during Eastertide from the Octave of Easter until Ascension in the Sarum Breviary. Chorus novæ Ierusalem* Novam meli dulcedinem Promat colens cum sobriis Paschale festum gaudiis. Quo Christus invictus Leo, Dracone … Continue reading

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Cultor Dei Memento

This hymn was used for Compline during Passiontide in the Sarum Breviary. Cultor Dei, memento Te fontis et lavacri Rorem subisse sanctum, Te chrismate innovatum. Fac, cum vocante somno Castum petis cubile: Frontem locumque cordis Crucis figura signet. Crux pellit … Continue reading

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