Category Archives: Advent

Thy Father’s Bosom Thou Didst Leave

This hymn is used for Matins/Office of Readings on Sundays and weekdays during the Season of Advent in both Forms of the Roman Breviary as well as the Sarum Breviary. This is the original text of the hymn from John Chandler’s … Continue reading

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Zion’s King Shall Reign Victorious

Zion’s king shall reign victorious, All the earth shall own His sway; He will make His kingdom glorious, He will reign through endless day. What though none on earth assist Him, God requires not help from man; What though all … Continue reading

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While We Our Weary Eyelids Close.

This hymn was used for Compline on Sundays and Weekdays in Advent in the Paris Breviary (1736). This is the original text of the hymn from John Chandler’s 1837 Hymns of the Primitive Church. While we our weary eyelids close, And … Continue reading

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O Thoma Didime

The Sarum Breviary lists this among the “O Antiphons” as number 9 to be used on the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle for Vespers at the Magnificat. I’m not exactly sure how this is supposed to work into the … Continue reading

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Veni Redemptor Gentium

This hymn and its English translations have tended, at least recently, to be sung during Advent. It is used for Office of Readings for Advent after December 16th in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Breviary. However, the Sarum Breviary … Continue reading

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Venez Divin Messie

Refrain: Venez divin Messie, Sauver nos jours infortunés ; Vous êtes notre vie, Venez, venez, venez ! Ah! Descendez, hâtez vos pas! Sauvez les hommes du trépas ; Secourez-nous, ne tardez pas ! Voyez couler nos larmes ; Grand Dieu, … Continue reading

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O Pastor Israel

The Paris Breviary of 1736 adds two antiphons to Great Antiphons/O Antiphons sung at the Magnificat at Vespers during the last days of Advent in order to create a novena leading up to Christmas Eve Starting on December 15 and … Continue reading

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