August 24, 2014

Huius Oratu Deus Alme Nobis

15th c. Fresco of St. Monica - Wikipedia

Huius Oratu Deus Alme Nobis is an abridgement of the anonymous hymn Virginis Proles, Opifexque Matris, which may date back as far as the 8th century. In the Roman Breviary it is sung in the Common of Holy Women.

HUIUS ORATU DEUS ALME NOBIS

1. Huius oratu, Deus alme nobis
Debitas poenas scelerum remitte;
Ut tibi puro resonemus almum
Pectore carmen.

2. Sit decus Patri, genitaeque Proli,
Et tibi compar utriusque virtus
Spiritus semper, Deus unus omni
Temporis aevo. Amen.

August 21, 2014

Virginis Proles, Opifexque Matris

Mosaic from the Church of St. Agnes, Rome - Courtesy Wikipedia

Virginis Proles, Opifexque Matris is an anonymous hymn which may date back as far as the 8th century. In the Roman Breviary it is sung at Matins in the Common of Virgins.

VIRGIN PROLES, OPIFEXQUE MATRIS

1. Virginis Proles, Opifexque Matris,
Virgo quem gessit, peperitque Virgo;
Virginis partos canimus decora
Morte triumphos.

2. Haec enim palmae duplicis beata
Sorte, dum gestit fragilem domare
Corporis sexum, domuit cruentum
Caede tyrannum.

3. Unde nec mortem, nec amica mortis
Mille poenarum genera expavescens,
Sanguine effuso meruit serenum
Scandere caelum.

4. Huius oratu Deus alme nobis
Debitas poenas scelerum remitte;
Ut tibi puro resonemus almum
Pectore carmen.

5. Sit decus Patri, genitaeque Proli,
Et tibi compar utriusque virtus
Spiritus semper, Deus unus omni
Temporis aevo. Amen.