The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Latin Hymns from The Office of the Hours

Note: These hymns are those used in the newest version of the Daily Office - now called The Office of the Hours - which was promulgated after the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI. Some are the same as found in the older Roman Breviary and other older Daily Office collections. Some, however, may be changed.

These are the hymns that relate to the expanded Christmastide, that is, from Advent through the Presentation in the Temple. The source document for these hymns is Liturgia Horarum (The Liturgy of the Hours).

Note: The "hours" of the daily office are:

The Office of the Hours

For Advent through The Presentation at the Temple

Cónditor alme síderum - For Vespers in the Sundays in Advent

Verbum supérnum pródiens - For the Officium lectionis in the Sundays in Advent

Vox clara ecce íntonat - For Laudes in the Sundays in Advent

Nunc, Sancte, nobis, Spíritus - For Tertia in the Sundays in Advent, Christmas Week;
For Laudes matutinæ on the Sollemnitas Sanctæ Dei Genetricis Mariæ (1 ianuarii)
For Laudes matutinæ on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (In Præsentatione Domini, 2 februarii)

Rector potens, verax Deus - For Sexta in the Sundays in Advent, Christmas Week;
For Laudes matutinæ on the Sollemnitas Sanctæ Dei Genetricis Mariæ (1 ianuarii);
For Laudes matutinæ on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (In Præsentatione Domini, 2 februarii)

Rerum, Deus, tenax vigor - For Nona in the Sundays in Advent, Christmas Week;
For Laudes matutinæ on the Sollemnitas Sanctæ Dei Genetricis Mariæ (1 ianuarii)
For Laudes matutinæ on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (In Præsentatione Domini, 2 februarii)

Verbum salútis ómnium - For Vespers the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!

Veni redémptor géntium - For the Officium lectionis in the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!

Magnis prophétæ vócibus - For Laudes matutinæ in the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!

Certum tenéntes órdinem - For Tertia in the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!; For Laudes matutinæ on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sollemnitas in Epiphania Domini (6 ianuarii); For Laudes matutinæ on the Baptism of Jesus (In Baptismate Domini, Dominica post diem 6 januarii occurrente)

Dicámus laudes Dómino - For Sexta in the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!; For Laudes matutinæ on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sollemnitas in Epiphania Domini (6 ianuarii); For Laudes matutinæ on the Baptism of Jesus (In Baptismate Domini, Dominica post diem 6 januarii occurrente)

Ternis horárum términis - For Nona in the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!; For Laudes matutinæ on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sollemnitas in Epiphania Domini (6 ianuarii); For Laudes matutinæ on the Baptism of Jesus (In Baptismate Domini, Dominica post diem 6 januarii occurrente)

Christe, redémptor ómnium - For Vespers on December 25 - Christmas Day (In Nativitate Domini) and on The Feast of the Holy Innocents (SS. Innocentium, Martyrum)

A solis ortus cárdine - For Laudes on December 25 - Christmas Day (In Nativitate Domini)

Candor ætérnæ Deitátis alme - For the Officium lectionis on December 25 - Christmas Day (In Nativitate Domini)

Festum celébre mártyris - For the Officium lectionis on the Feast of St. Stephen (S. Stephani, Protomartyris)

Christus est vita véniens in orbem - For Laudes matutinæ on the Feast of St. Stephen (S. Stephani, Protomartyris)

Vírginis virgo veneránde custos - For the Officium lectionis on the Feast of St. John (S. Ioannis, Apostoli et Evangelistæ)

Cohors beáta Séraphim - For Laudes matutinæ on the Feast of St. John (S. Ioannis, Apostoli et Evangelistæ)

Hymnum canéntes mártyrum - For the Officium lectionis on The Feast of the Holy Innocents (SS. Innocentium, Martyrum)

Audit tyránnus ánxius - For Laudes matutinæ on The Feast of the Holy Innocents (SS. Innocentium, Martyrum)

O lux beáta cælitum - For Vespers on The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Sanctæ Familiæ Iesu, Mariæ et Ioseph)

Dulce fit nobis memoráre parvum - For the Officium lectionis on The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Sanctæ Familiæ Iesu, Mariæ et Ioseph)

Christe, splendor Patris - For Laudes matutinæ on The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Sanctæ Familiæ Iesu, Mariæ et Ioseph)

Corde natus ex Paréntis - For Vespers on the Sollemnitas Sanctae Dei Genetricis Mariae (1 ianuarii)

Radix Iesse flóruit - For the Officium lectionis on the Sollemnitas Sanctae Dei Genetricis Mariae (1 ianuarii)

Fit porta Christi pérvia - For Laudes matutinæ on the Sollemnitas Sanctae Dei Genetricis Mariae (1 ianuarii)

Quicúmque Christum quæritis - For Vespers and Laudes matutinæ on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sollemnitas in Epiphania Domini (6 ianuarii)

Magi vidéntes párvulum - For the Officium lectionis on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sollemnitas in Epiphania Domini (6 ianuarii)

Hostis Heródes ímpie - For Vespers on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sollemnitas in Epiphania Domini (6 ianuarii)

A Patre Unigénite - For Vespers on the Baptism of Jesus (In Baptismate Domini, Dominica post diem 6 januarii occurrente)

Implénte munus débitum - For the Officium lectionis and for Vespers on the Baptism of Jesus (In Baptismate Domini, Dominica post diem 6 januarii occurrente)

Iesus refúlsit ómnium - For Laudes matutinæ on the Baptism of Jesus (In Baptismate Domini, Dominica post diem 6 januarii occurrente)

Quod chorus vatum venerándus olim - For Vespers on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (In Præsentatione Domini, 2 februarii)

Legis sacrátæ sanctis cæremóniis - For Officium lectionis on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (In Præsentatione Domini, 2 februarii)

Adórna, Sion, thálamum - For Laudes matutinæ on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (In Præsentatione Domini, 2 februarii)

These two hymns are also found in the Office, but not related to the expanded Christmas-tide:

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