November 12, 2012

The Coming of Our God / Instantis Adventum Dei

We Seek in Ardent Prayers

The Coming of Our God is a 1974 translation by Roger Nachtwey of Instantis Adventum Dei (see below), a Latin hymn composed by Charles Coffin (1676-1749) and first published in the Paris Breviary of 1736. The Coming of God is set to the tune: St. Thomas composed by Aaron Williams and first in published in 1763. The same melody was also used for a 1837 John Chandler translation of Instantis Adventum Dei titled: The Advent Of Our King. In the Liturgy of the Hours, The Coming of Our God is used during Advent.


1. Instantis adventum Dei
Poscamus ardenti prece,
Festisque munus inclitum
Præoccupemus canticis.

 2. Aeterna proles, feminæ
 Non horret includi sinu:
 Fit ipse servus ut jugo
 Nos servitutis eximat.

 3. Mansuetus et clemens venít;
 Occurre, festina, Sion:
 Ultro tibi quam porrigit,
 Ne dura pacem respuas.

4. Mox nube clarâ fulgurans
Mundi redibit arbiter,
Suique membra corporis
Cœlo triumphator vehet.

5. Fœtus tenebrarum, die
Cedant propinquo crmina:
Adam reformetur vetus,
Imago succedat novi.

6. Qui liberator advenis,
Fili, tibi laus maxima
Cum Patre et almo
Spiritu In sempiterna secula. Amen.

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