The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christus est vita véniens in orbem

For Laudes matutinæ on the Feast of S. Stephani, Protomartyris

Source: Liturgia Horarum (The Liturgy of the Hours)

HYMNUS

1 Christus est vita véniens in orbem,
qui ferens vulnus removénsque mortem,
ad Patris dextram repeténdo, regnat
sede supérna.

2 Hunc sequens primus Stéphanus miníster
sortis illátæ título est decórus,
quam dedit spirans Dómini benígnus
Spíritus illi.

3 Sáxeo nimbo lapidátus instat,
sústinet mortis rábiem profánam,
hóstibus quærit véniam misértus
péctore grato.

4 Quæsumus flentes, benedícte prime
martyr et civis sociáte iustis:
cælitus, claræ regiónis heres,
mitte favóres.

5 Glóriæ laudes Tríadi beátæ
mártyrum læti cómites canámus,
quæ dedit primas Stéphano ex agóne
ferre corónas. Amen.

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