July 28, 2014

Plasmator Hominis Deus / Hominis Superne Conditor

Fresco in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo - Courtesy of Wikipedia

Plasmator Hominis Deus is attributed to St. Gregory the Great (540-604).  In 1632, in accordance with revisions made to the hymns of the Divine Office by Pope Urban VIII (1568-1644), it was altered and changed to Hominis Superne Conditor. Both versions are shown below. It is sung at Friday Vespers in the Roman Breviary.


Performed by Giovanni Vianini

PLASMATOR HOMINIS DEUS by St. Gregory the Great
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1. Plasmator hominis, Deus,
qui cuncta solus ordinans,
humum iubes producere
reptantis et ferae genus:

2. Qui magna rerum corpora,
dictu iubentis vivida,
ut serviant per ordinem
subdens dedisti homini: 

3. Repelle a servis tuis,
quicquid per immunditiam,
aut moribus se suggerit,
aut actibus se interserit.

4. Da gaudiorum praemia,
da gratiarum munera:
dissolve litis vincula,
astringe pacis foedera.

5. Praesta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
cum Spiritu Paraclito
regnans per omne saeculum. Amen


HOMINIS SUPERNE CONDITOR (1632 Revision)

1. Hominis superne Conditor,
qui cuncta solus ordinans,
humum iubes producere
reptantis et ferae genus:

2. Et magna rerum corpora,
dictu iubentis vivida,
per temporum certas vices
obtemperare servulis:

3. Repelle, quod cupidinis
ciente vi nos impetit,
aut moribus se suggerit,
aut actibus se interserit.

4. Da gaudiorum praemia,
da gratiarum munera:
dissolve litis vincula,
astringe pacis foedera.

5. Praesta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
cum Spiritu Paraclito
regnans per omne saeculum. Amen

July 27, 2014

Aeterna Caeli Gloria

Eternal Glory of Heaven, Blessed Hope

Aeterna Caeli Gloria is an anonymous 5th century Ambrosian hymn. In 1632, in accordance with revisions made to the hymns of the Divine Office by Pope Urban VIII (1568-1644), it was altered and changed to Aeterna Caeli Gloria (1632). Both versions are shown below. It is sung at Friday Lauds in the Roman Breviary.

AETERNA CAELI GLORIA
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1. Aeterna caeli gloria,
beata spes mortalium,
celsi Parentis Unice
castaeque proles Virginis.

2. Da dexteram surgentibus,
exsurgat et mens sobria
flagrans et in laudem Dei
grates rependat debitas.

3. Ortus refulget lucifer
ipsamque lucem nuntiat,
cadit caligo noctium,
lux sancta nos illuminet,

4. Manensque nostris sensibus
noctem repellat saeculi
omnique fine temporis
purgata servet pectora. 

5. Quaesita iam primum fides
radicet altis sensibus,
secunda spes congaudeat;
tunc maior exstat caritas.

6. Sit, Christe, rex piisime,
tibi Patrique gloria
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
in sempiterna saecula. Amen.


AETERNA CAELI GLORIA (1632 Revision)

1. Aeterna caeli gloria,
beata spes mortalium,
celsi Parentis Unice
castaeque proles Virginis.

2. Da dexteram surgentibus,
exsurgat et mens sobria
flagrans et in laudem Dei
grates rependat debitas.

3. Ortus refulget lucifer
ipsamque lucem nuntiat,
cadit caligo noctium,
lux sancta nos illuminet,

4. Manensque nostris sensibus
noctem repellat saeculi
omnique fine temporis
purgata servet pectora.

5. Quaesita iam primum fides
radicet altis sensibus,
secunda spes congaudeat;
tunc maior exstat caritas.

6. Sit, Christe, rex piisime,
tibi Patrique gloria
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
in sempiterna saecula. Amen.