The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Vírginis virgo veneránde custos

For the Officium lectionis on the Feast of S. Ioannis, Apostoli et Evangelistæ

Source: Liturgia Horarum (The Liturgy of the Hours)

HYMNUS

1 Vírginis virgo veneránde custos,
præco qui Verbi cóleris fidélis,
terge servórum fácinus tuórum,
sancte Ioánnes.

2 Fonte prorúmpens flúvius perénni
curris, aréntis satiátor orbis;
hausit ex pleno, modo quod propínat,
péctore pectus.

3 Tu, decus mundi iubar atque cæli,
ímpetra nostris véniam ruínis;
da sacraméntum penetráre summum,
quod docuísti.

4 Patris arcánum speculándo Verbum
grátiam fundis fídei per orbem;
nos ad ætérnam spéciem fruéndam,
dux bone, transfer.

5 Sit decus summo sine fine Christo,
sancta quem virgo génuit María,
qui Patri compar Flaminíque Sancto
regnat in ævum. Amen.

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