The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Festum celébre mártyris

For the Officium lectionis on the Feast of S. Stephani, Protomartyris

Source: Liturgia Horarum (The Liturgy of the Hours)

HYMNUS

1 Festum celébre mártyris
digne colámus Stéphani,
qui primus in certámine
palma nitet victóriæ.

2 Martyr fidélis, cómminus
falsis renítens téstibus,
Iesu vidébat glóriam,
stantis Patris ad déxteram.

3 Nunc te precámur, ínclite,
succúrre, martyr, cóncite;
nobis rogátus ímpetra
cæli ut patéscat régia.

4 Lotus cruóris flúmine,
splendéscis alto lúmine;
nostri memor nunc súpplica
tecum fruámur glória.

5 Præstet favens hæc múnera
natus Puer de Vírgine,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu
regnans per omne sæculum. Amen.

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